[ US /ˈspɛʃəɫ/ ]
[ UK /spˈɛʃə‍l/ ]
  1. surpassing what is common or usual or expected
    a matter of particular and unusual importance
    a special reason to confide in her
    a special occasion
    what's so special about the year 2000?
    exceptional kindness
    he paid especial attention to her
  2. first and most important
    his special interest is music
    she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work
  3. for a special service or occasion
    a special correspondent
    a special adviser to the committee
    had to get special permission for the event
  4. added to a regular schedule
    put on special buses for the big game
    a special holiday flight
  5. having a specific function or scope
    a special (or specific) role in the mission
  6. adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
    a special kind of paint
    a special medication for arthritis
  7. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
    my own special chair
    the particular demands of the job
    has a particular preference for Chinese art
    an expression peculiar to Canadians
    the special features of a computer
    a peculiar bond of sympathy between them
    rights peculiar to the rich
  1. a television production that features a particular person or work or topic
    the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight
  2. a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
    they are having a special on pork chops
  3. a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
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How To Use special In A Sentence

  • When the new foods that came from the Americas - peppers, summer squash and especially tomatoes - took hold in the region, a number of closely related dishes were born, including what we call ratatouille - and a man from La Mancha calls pisto, an Ikarian Greek calls soufiko and a Turk calls turlu. NYT > Home Page
  • These observations will provide a valuable supplement to the simultaneous records of other expeditions, especially the British in McMurdo Sound and the German in Weddell Sea, above all as regards the hypsometer observations (for the determination of altitude) on sledge journeys. The South Pole~ Remarks on the Meteorological Observations at Framheim
  • He specialized in moonlit and winter scenes, usually including a sheet of water and sometimes also involving the light of a fire, and he also painted sunsets and views at dawn or twilight.
  • A specially designed speculum is used to help direct the injection into the G-spot, with effects lasting around four months. G Marks The Spot
  • It is by these special touches that the author infuses the books with the spirit of humanity, without which a fantasy becomes an empty fancy.
  • The captain's armband must have special powers because he's been brilliant. Times, Sunday Times
  • Butterflies enjoy the daisy family too, and there are a few that they especially love. Times, Sunday Times
  • Certain animations are still a bit hitchy, especially involving Mayer's car, but there's still time to resolve those before release. AdventureGamers.com
  • After a little while the bellboy realized that there was a special on rooms that night and the price for the men's room should have been $25. Math problem?
  • He expressed his racial hatred for everyone, especially OBama making veiled death threats, spoke of other dangerous topics etc … and then offered to sell me a mosser rifle as he was buying a a whole shippment of them. Alex Jones' Prison Planet.com
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