(noun, adjective)


1. unique or specific to a person or thing or category

- the particular demands of the job

- has a particular preference for Chinese art

Similar word(s): specific, peculiar, special

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

Similar word(s): specific

3. surpassing what is common or usual or expected

- a matter of particular and unusual importance

Similar word(s): uncommon, especial, exceptional, special

4. first and most important

- she gets particular satisfaction from her volunteer work

Similar word(s): primary, special

5. difficult to please; exacting, especially about details.

- very particular about how her food was prepared

Similar word(s): fastidious, finical, finicky, fussy, picky

6. providing specific details or circumstances

- a particular description of the room

Similar word(s): careful

Sentences with particular as an adjective:

- I couldn't find the particular model you asked for, but I hope this one will do.

- We knew it was named after John Smith, but nobody knows which particular John Smith.

- I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism.

- My five favorite places are, in no particular order, New York, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco and London.

- I didn't have any particular interest in the book.

- He brought no particular news.

- She was the particular belle of the party.

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

- a full and particular account of an accident

- a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder

- a particular proposition, opposed to "universal", e.g. (particular affirmative) "Some men are wise"; (particular negative) "Some men are not wise".


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

- he always reasons from the particular to the general

Similar word(s): specific

Definition categories: thought, fact

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

Similar word(s): detail, item

Definition categories: link, component, constituent, part, portion

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

Definition categories: communication, proposition