Definitions for specialˈspɛʃ əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spe•cial*ˈspɛʃ əl(adj.)

  1. of a distinct or particular kind or character:

    a special key.

  2. pertaining or peculiar to a particular person, thing, instance, etc.; distinctive:

    the special features of a plan.

  3. having a specific or particular function, purpose, etc.:

    a special messenger.

  4. distinguished from what is ordinary or usual:

    a special occasion.

  5. extraordinary; exceptional:

    special importance.

  6. particularly valued:

    a special friend.

  7. (n.)a special person or thing.

  8. a train used for a particular purpose.

  9. a stage spotlight used for a particular area, actor, etc.

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  10. a temporary reduction in the price of regularly stocked goods, esp. food.

  11. a single television program not forming part of a regular series.

    Category: Showbiz

* Usage: In American English the adjective special is overwhelmingly more common than especial in all senses: He will be of special help if you can't understand the charts. The reverse is true of the adverbs; here especially is by far the more common: He will be of great help, especially if you can't understand the charts.specially is more idiomatic only when the intended sense is “specifically”: The machine was specially designed for a left-handed operator.

Origin of special:

1175–1225; ME (adj.) < L speciālis of a given species =speci(ēs)species+-ālis -al1; cf. especial

spe′cial•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. special(noun)

    a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising

    "they are having a special on pork chops"

  2. special(noun)

    a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant

  3. special(adj)

    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"

  4. 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"

  5. special(adj)

    for a special service or occasion

    "a special correspondent"; "a special adviser to the committee"; "had to get special permission for the event"

  6. 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?"

  7. special(adj)

    adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose

    "a special kind of paint"; "a special medication for arthritis"

  8. limited, special(adj)

    having a specific function or scope

    "a special (or specific) role in the mission"

  9. particular, special(adj)

    first and most important

    "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"

  10. extra, special(adj)

    added to a regular schedule

    "a special holiday flight"; "put on special buses for the big game"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. special(adjective)ˈspɛʃ əl

    ≠ ordinary, usual

    Your wedding day should be special.; We were given special treatment because we know the manager.; There's nothing special about the car.; All of you are really special to me.

  2. specialˈspɛʃ əl

    ≠ general

    He needs a special kind of medicine for his condition.

  3. special(noun)ˈspɛʃ əl

    sth a store, restaurant, etc. offers for only a short time

    Today's specials are onion soup and fresh trout.

Wiktionary

  1. special(Noun)

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

    We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.

  2. special(Noun)

    Unusual or exceptional episode of a series

  3. special(Noun)

    A special constable.

  4. special(Noun)

    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.

  5. special(Adjective)

    Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.

    a special episode of a television series

  6. special(Adjective)

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

    Everyone is special to someone.

  7. special(Adjective)

    Retarded; mentally handicapped

    He goes to a special school.

  8. special(Adjective)

    Constituting or relating to a species.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Special(adj)

    of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort

  2. Special(adj)

    particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon

  3. Special(adj)

    appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon

  4. Special(adj)

    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

  5. Special(adj)

    chief in excellence

  6. Special(noun)

    a particular

  7. Special(noun)

    one appointed for a special service or occasion

Freebase

  1. Special

    "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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'special' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #409

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'special' in Written Corpus Frequency: #669

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'special' in Adjectives Frequency: #43


Translations for special

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

special(adjective)

out of the ordinary; un-usual or exceptional

a special occasion; a special friend.

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