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adjective spe·cial \ˈspe-shəl\

Simple Definition of special

  • : different from what is normal or usual; especially : unusual in a good way : better or more important than others

  • : especially important or loved

  • : more than is usual

Full Definition of special

  1. 1 :  distinguished by some unusual quality; especially :  being in some way superior <our special blend>

  2. 2 :  held in particular esteem <a special friend>

  3. 3a :  readily distinguishable from others of the same category :  unique <they set it apart as a special day of thanksgiving>b :  of, relating to, or constituting a species :  specific

  4. 4 :  being other than the usual :  additional, extra

  5. 5 :  designed for a particular purpose or occasion

spe·cial·ness noun

Examples of special

  1. This is a special case and I want you to handle it personally.

  2. Only under special circumstances will you be allowed to retake the test.

  3. Your many years of service put you in a special category.

  4. Why should you receive any special treatment?

  5. It takes a special quality to do what he did.

  6. This is a very special occasion.

  7. Are you doing anything special over the holidays?

  8. We have a special guest tonight—the mayor.

  9. No one is more special to me than my wife.

  10. He always made her feel special.



Origin of special

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French especial, from Latin specialis individual, particular, from species species


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of special

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own <special ingredients>. especial may add implications of preeminence or preference <a matter of especial importance>. specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species <children with specific nutritional needs>. particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual <a ballet step of particular difficulty>. individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group <valued each individual opinion>.

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special

noun spe·cial

Simple Definition of special

  • : a television or radio program that is not part of a regular series

  • : a meal that is not on a restaurant's usual menu

Full Definition of special

  1. 1 :  one that is used for a special service or occasion <caught the commuter special to work>

  2. 2 :  something (as a television program) that is not part of a regular series

  3. 3 :  a featured dish at a restaurant <the specials of the day>

Examples of special

  1. a one-hour special on whales

  2. Today's lunch special is chili.

  3. The specials are on the board.

  4. They were having a special on paper towels so I stocked up.



1866

First Known Use of special

1866

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