Particular Definition

pər-tĭkyə-lər, pə-tĭk-
Of or belonging to a single, definite person, part, group, or thing; not general; distinct.
Webster's New World
Distinctive among others of the same group, category, or nature; noteworthy or exceptional.
An area known for its particular style of architecture.
American Heritage
Apart from any other; regarded separately; specific.
To rummage for a particular earring.
Webster's New World
Out of the ordinary; unusual; noteworthy; special.
No particular reason for going.
Webster's New World
Of, relating to, or providing details; precise.
Gave a particular description of the incident.
American Heritage
A separate and distinct individual, fact, item, or instance which may be included under a generalization; single case.
Webster's New World
A detail; item of information; point.
Webster's New World
A particular proposition.
Webster's New World
Whole Duty of Man.
Temporal blessings, whether such as concern the public [...] or such as concern our particular.

(now philosophy, chiefly in plural) A particular case; an individual thing as opposed to a whole class. (Opposed to generals, universals.) [from 17th c.]


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Origin of Particular

  • From Anglo-Norman particuler, Middle French particuler, particulier, and their source, Late Latin particularis (“partial; separate, individual"), from Latin particula (“(small) part"). Compare particle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English particuler from Old French from Late Latin particulāris from Latin particula diminutive of pars part- part part

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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