(1)   Exacting especially about details
"A finicky eater"
"Fussy about clothes"
"Very particular about how her food was prepared"
(2)   First and most important
"His special interest is music"
"She gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"


(3)   A fact about some part (as opposed to general)
"He always reasons from the particular to the general"
(4)   (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
(5)   A small part that can be considered separately from the whole
"It was perfect in all details"


From , , , and their source, , from . Compare .


  1. Pertaining only to a part of something; partial.
  2. Specific; discrete; concrete.
    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.
  3. Specialised; characteristic of a specific person or thing.
    I don't appreciate your particular brand of cynicism.
  4. Known only to an individual person or group; confidential.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, King Lear, V.1:
      or these domesticke and particular broiles, Are not the question heere.
  5. Distinguished in some way; special (often in negative constructions).
    My five favorite places are, in no particular order, New York, Chicago, Paris, San Fransisco and London.
    I didn't have any particular interest in the book.
  6. 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.


  1. A particular thing.


  1. specific, particular
  2. personal
  3. private