Special meaning

spĕsh'əl
Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional.

A special occasion; a special treat.

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A single TV program, not part of a regular series.
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Not general or regular; specific or limited.

Special legislation.

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Having a physical or mental disability.
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A special person or thing; specif., a special train, edition, sale offer or item, etc.
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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.
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Peculiar to a specific person or thing; particular.

My own special chair; the special features of a computer.

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Additional; extra.

A special holiday flight.

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Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.

A special episode of a television series.

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Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored.

Everyone is special to someone.

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(euphemistic, derogatory) Retarded; mentally handicapped.

He goes to a special school.

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Constituting or relating to a species.

The seven dark spots is a special property unique to Coccinella septempunctata.

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Chief in excellence.
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A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered.

We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.

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(broadcasting) Unusual or exceptional episode of a series.
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(UK, colloquial) A special constable.
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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.

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(video games) Special move.
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Special describes something that is superior, great, or unique or something that is only for specific people.

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.

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Something arranged, issued, or appropriated to a particular service or occasion.

Rode to work on the commuter special.

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A featured attraction, such as a reduced price.

A special on salmon.

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A single television production that features a specific work, a given topic, or a particular performer.
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Of a kind different from others; distinctive, peculiar, or unique.
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Exceptional; extraordinary.

A special treat.

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Highly regarded or valued.

A special friend.

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Of or for a particular person, occasion, purpose, etc.

By special permission, a special edition.

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Regarded with particular affection and admiration.

A special friend.

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Origin of special

  • Middle English from Old French especial from Latin speciālis from speciēs kind species
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French especial (whence also French spécial), from Latin specialis (from species, speciei). Used in English since the 13th century.
    From Wiktionary