- An example of special is a limited edition of an art print.
- An example of special is an extra effort made to be nice.
- An example of special is a really smart person's intelligence.
- of a kind different from others; distinctive, peculiar, or unique
- exceptional; extraordinary: a special treat
- highly regarded or valued: a special friend
- of or for a particular person, occasion, purpose, etc.: by special permission, a special edition
- not general or regular; specific or limited: special legislation
- having a physical or mental disability
Origin of specialMiddle English from Old French especial from Classical Latin specialis from species, kind, sort: see species
- a special person or thing; specif., a special train, edition, sale offer or item, etc.
- a single TV program, not part of a regular series
- Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional: a special occasion; a special treat.
- a. Distinct among others of a kind: a special type of paint; a special medication for arthritis.b. Primary: His special satisfaction comes from volunteer work.
- Peculiar to a specific person or thing; particular: my own special chair; the special features of a computer.
- a. Having a limited or specific function, application, or scope: a special role in the mission.b. Arranged for a particular occasion or purpose: a special visit from her daughter.
- Regarded with particular affection and admiration: a special friend.
- Additional; extra: a special holiday flight.
- Something arranged, issued, or appropriated to a particular service or occasion: rode to work on the commuter special.
- A featured attraction, such as a reduced price: a special on salmon.
- A single television production that features a specific work, a given topic, or a particular performer.
Origin of specialMiddle English from Old French especial from Latin speciālis from speciēs kind ; see species .
(comparative more special, superlative most special)
- Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.
- a special episode of a television series
- Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored.
- Everyone is special to someone.
- (euphemistic, derogatory) Retarded; mentally handicapped
- He goes to a special school.
- Constituting or relating to a species.
- The seven dark spots is a special property unique to Coccinella septempunctata.
- Chief in excellence.
- A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered.
- We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.
- (broadcasting) Unusual or exceptional episode of a series
- (UK, colloquial) A special constable.
- Anything that is not according to normal practice, plan, or schedule, as an unscheduled run of transportation that is normally scheduled.
- Thousands came to the special that carried the President's coffin.
- (video games) special move
special - Computer Definition
A very abused English word in the information industry. Phrases such as "it is a special type of format" or "it uses a special code for that purpose" are found frequently in documentation. However, anything that is newly created to solve a problem is merely another solution. What makes something special is that it is way out of the ordinary, not just one more approach to the same problem. See specialty software.