American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

Author: Noah Webster


PARTIC’ULAR, a. [Low L. particularis, from particula.]

1. Pertaining to a single person or thing; not general; as, this remark has a particular application.

2. Individual; noting or designating a single thing by way of distinction. Each plant has its particular nutriment. Most persons have a particular trait of character. He alludes to a particular person.

3. Noting some property or thing peculiar.

Of this prince there is little particular memory.

4. Attentive to things single or distinct; minute. I have been particular in examining the reasons of this law.

5. Single; not general.

6. Odd; singular; having something that eminently distinguishes one from others.

7. Singularly nice in taste; as a man very particular in his diet or dress.

8. Special; more than ordinary. He has brought no particular news.

9. Containing a part only; as a particular estate, precedent to the estate in remainder.

10. Holding a particular estate; as a particular tenant.

PARTIC’ULAR, n. A single instance; a single point.

I must reserve some particulars, which it is not lawful for me to reveal.

1. A distinct, separate or minute part; as, he told me all the particulars of the story.

2. An individual; a private person.

3. Private interest; as, they apply their minds to those branches of public prayer, wherein their own particular is moved. [Not in use.]

4. Private character; state of an individual.

For his particular, I will receive him gladly. [Not in use.]

5. A minute detail of things singly enumerated.

The reader has a particular of the books wherein this law was written. [Not in use.]

In particular, specially; peculiarly; distinctly.

This, in particular, happens to the lungs.