Definitions for particularpərˈtɪk yə lər, pəˈtɪk-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•tic•u•larpərˈtɪk yə lər, pəˈtɪk-(adj.)

  1. pertaining to a single or specific person, thing, group, etc.; not general:

    one's particular interests.

  2. considered separately from others; specific:

    a particular item on a list.

  3. exceptional or special; unusual:

    Take particular pains with this job.

  4. being such in an exceptional degree:

    a particular friend.

  5. exceptionally selective; fussy:

    to be particular about one's food.

  6. dealing with or giving details; minute.

  7. Logic. referring to an indefinite part of a whole class. (of a proposition) containing only existential quantifiers.

    Category: Philosphy

  8. (n.)an individual or distinct part, as an item of a list.

  9. Usu., particulars. specific points, details, or circumstances:

    the particulars of a case.

  10. Logic. an individual or a specific group within a general class.

    Category: Philosphy

Idioms for particular:

  1. in particular,particularly; especially.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of particular:

1350–1400; ME particuler (< MF) < LL particulāris= L particul(a)particle+-āris -ar1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. particular, specific(noun)

    a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  2. detail, particular, item(noun)

    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    "it was perfect in all details"

  3. particular, particular proposition(adj)

    (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class

  4. particular(a), peculiar(a), special(a)(adj)

    unique or specific to a person or thing or category

    "the particular demands of the job"; "has a particular preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians"; "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a computer"; "my own special chair"

  5. particular(a)(adj)

    separate and distinct from others of the same group or category

    "interested in one particular artist"; "a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him"

  6. especial(a), exceptional, particular(a), special(adj)

    surpassing what is common or usual or expected

    "he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion"; "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special about the year 2000?"

  7. particular, special(adj)

    first and most important

    "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"

  8. finical, finicky, fussy, particular, picky(adj)

    exacting especially about details

    "a finicky eater"; "fussy about clothes"; "very particular about how her food was prepared"

  9. particular(a)(adj)

    providing specific details or circumstances

    "a particular description of the room"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. particular(adjective)ərˈtɪk yə lər, pəˈtɪk-

    used to talk about one thing and not others; = specific

    Do you have a particular reason for not wanting to go?

  2. particularərˈtɪk yə lər, pəˈtɪk-

    more than usual; = special

    Please pay particular attention to the last paragraph.

  3. particularərˈtɪk yə lər, pəˈtɪk-

    having precise ideas about what you like or do not like

    He's very particular about his clothes.

  4. particular(noun)ərˈtɪk yə lər, pəˈtɪk-


    Is there something in particular you don't like about the painting?


  1. particular(Noun)

    A small individual part of something larger; a detail, a point.

  2. particular(Noun)

    A person's own individual case.

  3. particular(Noun)

    A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. (Opposed to generals, universals.)

  4. particular(Adjective)

    Pertaining only to a part of something; partial.

  5. particular(Adjective)

    Specific; discrete; concrete.

  6. particular(Adjective)

    Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.

    I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism.

  7. particular(Adjective)

    Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.

  8. particular(Adjective)

    Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).

  9. particular(Adjective)

    Of a person, concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; precise; fastidious.

    He is very particular about his food and if it isn't cooked to perfection he will send it back.

  10. Origin: From particuler, particuler, particulier, and their source, particularis, from particula. Compare particle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Particular(adj)

    relating to a part or portion of anything; concerning a part separated from the whole or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual; specific; as, the particular stars of a constellation

  2. Particular(adj)

    of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular

  3. Particular(adj)

    separate or distinct by reason of superiority; distinguished; important; noteworthy; unusual; special; as, he brought no particular news; she was the particular belle of the party

  4. Particular(adj)

    concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise; as, a full and particular account of an accident; hence, nice; fastidious; as, a man particular in his dress

  5. Particular(adj)

    containing a part only; limited; as, a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder

  6. Particular(adj)

    holding a particular estate; as, a particular tenant

  7. Particular(adj)

    forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject; as, a particular proposition; -- opposed to universal: e. g. (particular affirmative) Some men are wise; (particular negative) Some men are not wise

  8. Particular(noun)

    a separate or distinct member of a class, or part of a whole; an individual fact, point, circumstance, detail, or item, which may be considered separately; as, the particulars of a story

  9. Particular(noun)

    special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc

  10. Particular(noun)

    one of the details or items of grounds of claim; -- usually in the pl.; also, a bill of particulars; a minute account; as, a particular of premises


  1. Particular

    In philosophy, particulars are concrete entities existing in space and time as opposed to abstractions. There are, however, theories of abstract particulars or tropes. For example, Socrates is a particular. Redness, by contrast, is not a particular, because it is abstract and multiply instantiated. Sybil Wolfram writes Particulars include only individuals of a certain kind: as a first approximation individuals with a definite place in space and time, such as persons and material objects or events, or which must be identified through such individuals, like smiles or thoughts. Some terms are used by philosophers with a rough-and-ready idea of their meaning. This can occur if there is lack of agreement about the best definition of the term. In formulating a solution to the problem of universals, the term 'particular' can be used to describe the particular instance of redness of a certain apple as opposed to the 'universal' 'redness'.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'particular' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #423

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'particular' in Written Corpus Frequency: #444

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'particular' in Adjectives Frequency: #41

Translations for particular

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of a single definite person, thing etc thought of separately from all others

this particular man/problem.

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