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par·​tic·​u·​lar pər-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a single person or thing
the particular person I had in mind
: of, relating to, or concerned with details
gave us a very particular account of the trip
: distinctive among other examples or cases of the same general category : notably unusual
suffered from measles of particular severity
This computer program will be of particular interest to teachers.
: being one unit or element among others
particular incidents in a story
: concerned over or attentive to details : meticulous
a very particular gardener
: nice in taste : fastidious
She's very particular about her clothes.
: hard to please : exacting
never loses patience even with the most particular customers
: denoting an individual member or subclass in logic
: affirming or denying a predicate to a part of the subject
used of a proposition in logic
"some men are wise" is a particular affirmative
obsolete : partial


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: an individual fact, point, circumstance, or detail
a hero in every particularRon Fimrite
: a specific item or detail of information
usually used in plural
wanted to know all the particulars of the incidentbill of particulars
: an individual or a specific subclass (as in logic) falling under some general concept or term
: a particular proposition in logic
in particular
: in distinction from others : specifically
archaic : a separate part of a whole
Choose the Right Synonym for particular


circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point.

circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space.

a circumstantial account of our visit

minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details.

a minute examination of a fossil

particular implies a precise attention to every detail.

a particular description of the scene of the crime

detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail.

a detailed analysis of the event

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class.

special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own.

special ingredients

especial may add implications of preeminence or preference.

a matter of especial importance

specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species.

children with specific nutritional needs

particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual.

a ballet step of particular difficulty

individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group.

valued each individual opinion


item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole.

item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated.

every item on the list

detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process.

leave the details to others

particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item.

a description that included few particulars

Example Sentences

Adjective The computer program will be of particular interest to teachers. Pay particular attention to the poet's choice of words. Our teacher is very particular when it comes to punctuation. Noun They wanted to know the facts down to every particular. requested a bill of particulars for the care he received in the hospital
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The researchers found that the number of individual animals making up a particular species provides no indication of the overall mass of that species. Jan Dönges, Scientific American, 8 Mar. 2023 In particular, there have been many intelligence community studies about what to do about open source. CBS News, 8 Mar. 2023 No matter what your brand’s target demographic is, moms in particular are a critical consumer group to consider. Erin Fabio, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 The city’s warning asked building owners to look for cracking in the top beam, in particular. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2023 The recent resignations of two high-profile female leaders in particular have sparked discussion about the sexism and personal attacks female leaders often face. Naomi Schanen, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2023 Bourbon, in particular, has a rich American heritage. Damian Dovarganes, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2023 While Islam is the most dominant religion, Hindus still celebrate their holidays with pride — and for Holi in particular, the community gathers in temples to exchange greetings and enjoy colors. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2023 The mid-size GV80 SUV, in particular, makes a stellar impression with its Bentley-esque styling and rich interior materials. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2023
One fan in particular got some quality time with Willock in the hours before his death. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 16 Jan. 2023 The observation has held up over the ages, and there’s no better time to be wary of it than at this particular... Joanna Stern, WSJ, 25 June 2020 Milken’s pardon in particular was backed by many longtime Trump allies. Author: Ellen Milligan, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2020 Trade in soybeans and pork in particular has been hit hard as tensions have escalated between the world's two largest economies. Michelle Toh, CNN, 16 Jan. 2020 But many of the other particulars – whether to provide hand sanitizer, how to arrange the aisles, how to handle waiting in line -- falls to local businesses, to corporate executive, to individual shoppers across Alabama. Dennis Pillion |, al, 30 Apr. 2020 In typical Putin style, the particulars were left vague, to be decided later. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2020 The particulars vary, but drivers often recount having received a ticket for an expired meter, despite paying for time with the Parkmobile app, which became a payment option for many of the city's parking meters in 2015. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2019 With so much unknown about the particulars and the practicality of a season, there is no blueprint to even start talks between the league and the players. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


Adjective and Noun

Middle English particuler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin particularis, from Latin particula small part

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of particular was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Particular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
par·​tic·​u·​lar pə(r)-ˈtik-(y)ə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio)
: of or relating to the separate parts of a whole
each particular item on the list
: of or relating to a single person or thing
my particular skills
: very unusual : special
a storm of particular violence
: hard to please : fastidious
particular about their clothes


2 of 2 noun
: an individual fact, detail, or item

Legal Definition


in the civil law of Louisiana : of or relating to a designated property or to the inheritance of it compare universal

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