a postal service through which, for an extra fee, mail is delivered by a special messenger
A method of delivery once offered by the United States Postal Service in which, for an additional charge, a piece of mail was delivered by a special messenger rather than by scheduled delivery.
(countable and uncountable, plural special deliveries)
- (uncountable, sometimes hyphenated when used attributively) A kind of postal service in which, for an extra fee, letters and packages are delivered in a highly expedited manner by a special courier.
- (countable) A particular posted letter or package which is delivered in this manner; a particular act of conveying such letters or packages to one or more recipients.
- (countable and uncountable, idiomatic, by extension, sometimes humorous) Somethingâ€”whether desirable or undesirableâ€”which is intentionally given to a specific individual or which an individual receives rapidly and unexpectedly; the personalized, direct quality of the transmission of such an item.