par·​tic·​u·​lar | \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio) , pə-, -k(ə-)lər\

Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being a single person or thing the particular person I had in mind
2 : of, relating to, or concerned with details gave us a very particular account of the trip
3a : 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.
b : being one unit or element among others particular incidents in a story
4a : concerned over or attentive to details : meticulous a very particular gardener
b : nice in taste : fastidious She's very particular about her clothes.
c : hard to please : exacting never loses patience even with the most particular customers
5a : denoting an individual member or subclass in logic
b : 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
6 obsolete : partial



Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an individual fact, point, circumstance, or detail a hero in every particular— Ron Fimrite
b : a specific item or detail of information usually used in plural wanted to know all the particulars of the incidentbill of particulars
2a : an individual or a specific subclass (as in logic) falling under some general concept or term
b : a particular proposition in logic
in particular
: in distinction from others : specifically
3 archaic : a separate part of a whole

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Synonyms & Antonyms for particular

Synonyms: Adjective

choosy (or choosey), dainty, delicate, demanding, exacting, fastidious, finical, finicking, finicky, fussbudgety, fussy, nice, old-maidish, pernickety [chiefly British], persnickety, picky

Synonyms: Noun

detail, item, point

Antonyms: Adjective

undemanding, unfastidious, unfussy

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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

Examples of particular in a Sentence


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.


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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Older Chinese in particular have been enjoying going on nostalgia trips to North Korea, harking back to the days before capitalism arrived in China and turned life into a rat race. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Chinese traders prepare for rush into North Korea. But sanctions still stand in the way.," 9 Aug. 2019 Solving climate change isn’t only about transitioning away from fossil fuels; that transition needs to be fair and just one for everyone, in particular those that have been, or will be, harmed by climate change’s effects. Dave Levitan, The New Republic, "Reformed Climate Deniers Don’t Deserve Redemption," 8 Aug. 2019 For the polling threshold in particular, the third debate requires polls released between June 28 and August 28 be used. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Who’s qualified for the third Democratic debate?," 8 Aug. 2019 George, in particular, seemed to be enjoying his time on deck. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Adorable New Photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte Enjoying a Very British Boat Race," 8 Aug. 2019 By 1924, radio had widened the celebrity net to include athletes — baseball players in particular. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Before the Kardashians, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford made road trips the engines of their celebrity," 8 Aug. 2019 But if the cost of the streaming war, in particular, seems concerning, Disney at least knows it’s not alone. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The Cost of the Streaming War: CEO Daily," 7 Aug. 2019 Yet an odd, shaming script plays out when musicians in particular make their feelings known about matters of national importance. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Reason Musicians Speak Up About Mass Shootings," 7 Aug. 2019 One schooner in particular is showcased: the Dauntless, owned by Caldwell Colt, son of Hartford gun mogul Samuel Colt and his wife, Elizabeth. Susan Dunne,, "’Sailing on the Sound’ at Wadsworth Atheneum recalls early days of yachting," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That was the case on the July has a particular 's students have to thrive under pressure, because the Dance Moms environment is always super intense. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Put Sarah's Dance Skills To The Test Against Studio 19 & Fans Say She Nailed It," 31 July 2019 But geography makes the South Asian monsoon particular in a number of ways. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 The particulars of these new debates vary depending on the outcome of Brexit—something that remains largely out of Scotland’s hands. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019 One employee in particular, Hall, made numerous suggestive comments about the woman’s looks and clothing in front of other staff, according to the suit. Cory Shaffer,, "Woman accuses Lyndhurst Capital Grille of firing her after accusing coworker of sexual assault," 18 June 2019 The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, in a statement, did not discuss the particulars of the case but confirmed the death. Rosa Flores, CNN, "After mysterious tourist deaths and shooting of David Ortiz, Dominican tourism officials seek to reassure travelers," 12 June 2019 May 2019) Antonello’s real subjects are universals rather than particulars: love, despair, sorrow, amusement, and, above all, light. The New York Review of Books, "Ingrid D. Rowland," 9 May 2019 Her desperate flight from mysterious pursuers leads her back home to her estranged mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and young daughter (Saniyya Sidney), where the rich, strange particulars of the characters’ supernatural mythology comes into focus. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Critic’s Choice: Julia Hart’s dystopian drama ‘Fast Color’ burns bright," 24 July 2019 The particulars of this were argued during an April 25 hearing. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Jennifer Farber Dulos has been missing for two months. Here’s what we know, and what we don’t, about the search for the mother of five.," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of particular


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for particular

Adjective and Noun

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

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English Language Learners Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to indicate that one specific person or thing is being referred to and no others
: special or more than usual
: having very definite opinions about what is good or acceptable



English Language Learners Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a specific detail or piece of information


par·​tic·​u·​lar | \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio) \

Kids Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to one person or thing Each city has its particular problems.
2 : not usual : special Pay particular attention to correct spelling.
3 : having strong opinions about what is acceptable He's very particular about food.
4 : being one of several Which particular bike would you like?
5 : concerned about details Our teacher is very particular.
in particular
1 : that can be specifically named I wasn't referring to anyone in particular.
2 : more specially than others : especially She loves flowers and roses in particular.

Other Words from particular

particularly adverb



Kids Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a single fact or detail The account was correct in every particular.



Legal Definition of particular

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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