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Meaning & Definition of Particular in English





1. A fact about some part (as opposed to general)

  • "He always reasons from the particular to the general"
  • particular,
  • specific

2. A small part that can be considered separately from the whole

  • "It was perfect in all details"
  • detail,
  • particular,
  • item

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

  • particular,
  • particular proposition


1. 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"
  • particular(a),
  • peculiar(a),
  • special(a)

2. 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"
  • particular(a)

3. 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?"
  • especial(a),
  • exceptional,
  • particular(a),
  • special

4. First and most important

  • "His special interest is music"
  • "She gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
  • particular,
  • special

5. Exacting especially about details

  • "A finicky eater"
  • "Fussy about clothes"
  • "Very particular about how her food was prepared"
  • finical,
  • finicky,
  • fussy,
  • particular,
  • picky

6. Providing specific details or circumstances

  • "A particular description of the room"
  • particular(a)

Examples of using

I remember one fellow in particular.
Tom is very particular about his appearance.
Are you doing anything in particular tonight?