special delivery


: expedited messenger delivery of mail matter for an extra fee

Example Sentences

She sent him a letter by special delivery.
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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of special delivery was in 1865

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“Special delivery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20delivery. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

special delivery

: delivery of mail by messenger for an extra fee

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