a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
"they are having a special on pork chops"
a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
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"
particular(a), peculiar(a), special(a)(adj)
unique or specific to a person or thing or category
"the particular demands of the job"; "has a particular preference for Chinese art"; "a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"; "an expression peculiar to Canadians"; "rights peculiar to the rich"; "the special features of a computer"; "my own special chair"
for a special service or occasion
"a special correspondent"; "a special adviser to the committee"; "had to get special permission for the event"
especial(a), exceptional, particular(a), special(adj)
surpassing what is common or usual or expected
"he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "a matter of particular and unusual importance"; "a special occasion"; "a special reason to confide in her"; "what's so special about the year 2000?"
adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
"a special kind of paint"; "a special medication for arthritis"
having a specific function or scope
"a special (or specific) role in the mission"
first and most important
"his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
added to a regular schedule
"a special holiday flight"; "put on special buses for the big game"
A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered.
We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.
Unusual or exceptional episode of a series
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.
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.
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.
of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort
particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon
appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon
limited in range; confined to a definite field of action, investigation, or discussion; as, a special dictionary of commercial terms; a special branch of study
chief in excellence
one appointed for a special service or occasion
"Special" is an alternative rock song written, performed and produced by Garbage, and was the third international single to be released from the band's platinum second album Version 2.0. "Special" gained much attention in the music press upon the 1998 release of Version 2.0, as it contained a vocal interpolation of a lyric taken from "Talk of The Town" by The Pretenders. A moderate hit in the United Kingdom and Australia in October 1998, "Special" became a sleeper hit in the United States the following year. The song's success was marked by becoming nominated in the Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group categories at the 2000 Grammy Awards, and winning a Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for Song of the Year and a Citation of Achievement from the BMI Pop Awards. The acclaimed sci-fi inspired music video for "Special" also received multiple nominations from music industry award panels; winning a D&AD Award, a MTV Video Music Award, and a VH1 Visionary Video award. In 2007, "Special" was remastered and included on Garbage's greatest hits album Absolute Garbage.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spesh′al, adj. of a species or sort; particular: distinctive: uncommon: designed for a particular purpose: confined to a particular subject or application.—n. any special or particular person or thing: any person or thing set apart for a particular duty—a constable, a railway-tram, &c.: a newspaper extra, a despatch from a special correspondent.—n. Specialisā′tion, the act or process of specialising: differentiation, as of organs, functions, &c.—v.t. Spec′ialise, to make specifically distinct, to limit to a particular kind of action or use.—v.i. to act in some particular way, to take a particular direction, as to devote one's self especially to some particular branch of study.—ns. Spec′ialism, devotion to some particular study or pursuit; Spec′ialist, one who devotes himself to a special subject.—adj. Specialist′ic.—n. Special′ity, the particular characteristic of a person or thing: a special occupation or object of attention.—adv. Spec′ially.—ns. Spec′ialty, something special or distinctive: any special product, article of sale or of manufacture: any special pursuit, department of study, &c.: a special contract for the payment of money; Specie (spē′shi), gold and silver coin, metallic money (abl. of L. species, kind); Spē′cies, a group of individuals having common marks or characteristics, specialised from others of the same genus to which it is subordinate: a group under a higher class, a kind or sort, a distinct constituent part, an element: an appearance to the senses, an image of an external object presented to the eye or the mind; Spē′cies-mong′er, one who busies himself with classifications only, indifferent to wider biological relations, one who makes distinctions for distinction's sake; Spēcif′ic, a remedy which has a special power in a particular disease: an infallible remedy.—adjs. Spēcif′ic, -al, pertaining to, or constituting, a species: that specifies: peculiar to: produced by some special cause: precise: infallible.—adv. Spēcif′ically.—ns. Spēcif′icalness, Spēcif′icness, the state or quality of being specific.—Special constable (see Constable); Special license (see License); Special pleading (see Plead); Special verdict (see Verdict).—Specific density, the mass of any given substance contained in unit volume; Specific gravity, the weight of any given substance as compared with the weight of an equal bulk or volume of water or other standard substance at the same temperature and pressure; Specific heat (see Heat).
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'special' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #409
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'special' in Written Corpus Frequency: #669
Rank popularity for the word 'special' in Adjectives Frequency: #43
The numerical value of special in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of special in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Special forces? What years? I was in special forces!
I'm going to a special place when I die, but I want to make sure my life is special while I'm here.
A special effect is a tool, a means of telling a story. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.
I asked the man where he had served in the military, he responded that he had served in special forces. I incorrectly stated that I had been in special forces. That was inaccurate and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement.
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Translations for special
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- especialCatalan, Valencian
- jedinečný, speciální, zvláštní, druhový, slevaCzech
- bestimmt, Sonder-, ungewöhnlich, Sonderangebot, speziell, Sondersendung, Spezial-, besondere, Lieblings-German
- προσφορά, ειδικός, έκτακτος, ιδιαίτεροςGreek
- eri-, erilineEstonian
- استثنایی, خاص, ویژهPersian
- pidetty, erityinen, erikois-, omalaatuinen, erikoinen, lajityypillinen, tiettyFinnish
- solde, particulier, spécialFrench
- àraidh, sònraichte, air lethScottish Gaelic
- ख़ास, विशेषHindi
- különleges, jellegzetes, speciális, különkiadás, kisegítő, jellemzőHungarian
- ypatingas, nepaprastasLithuanian
- istimewa, khasMalay
- spéshelígííNavajo, Navaho
- wyjątkowy, specjalnyPolish
- особый, специальный, особенный, видовойRussian
- đặc biệtVietnamese
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