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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin particularis, from Latin particula; PARTICLE

particular

1 adjective
     
par‧tic‧u‧lar1 S1 W1
1 [only before noun] a particular thing or person is the one that you are talking about, and not any other [↪ certain, specific]:
In this particular case, no one else was involved.
Most students choose one particular area for research.
a particular type of food
2 special or great:
You should pay particular attention to spelling.
For no particular reason, he quit the job.
of particular interest/concern/importance etc
Of particular concern is the rising cost of transportation.
anything/nothing/something particular
I had nothing particular planned.
3 very careful about choosing exactly what you like and not easily satisfied [= fussy]
particular about
Marty's very particular about his food.

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