What does special mean?

Definitions for special
ˈspɛʃ əlspe·cial

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word special.

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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Special

    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).

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of special in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of special in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of special in a Sentence

  1. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

    Which isn't a lot. But this primary is just getting started.Both of these things can't be trueTrump's main pitch for reelection is the economy and, while it hasn't lived up to his 2016 campaign promises, he put forward an extremely rosy outlook in his annual budget proposal, released Monday.Just as an example, read from CNN's story about the predicted deficits in Trump's budget compared to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.Both of these things cannot be true:CBO says budget will grow -- The deficit -- the gap between how much the government spends versus how much it takes in -- surpassed $1 trillion for the calendar year in 2019, marking the first time since 2012.That number is only expected to widen even further over the coming decade, reaching a total of $1.7 trillion in 2030, according to the latest projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released in late January.White House says budget will shrink -- That's a sharp contrast to the White House's latest blueprint, which projects that the deficit will shrink to $261 billion by 2030. The President's budget assumes that the economy will grow at around 3% annually during that period of time helping to narrow the gap. Those estimates are significantly higher than what most economists anticipated along with the Federal Reserve.Bonus: Read CNN reporter Donna Borak's piece on the White House plan for more tax cuts despite the deficits.Impeachment falloutGiuliani has a channel to Barr -- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Rudy Giuliani is giving information regarding his Ukraine conspiracy theories to Attorney General William Barr through some sort of special channel Barr has set up. This is not surprising since Trump clearly lumps his lawyer and the attorney general together. He asked Ukraine's President to be in touch with both of them. But a back channel to the DOJ? This is, um, not how things are supposed to work, writes Elie Honig.Trump weaponizes the presidency -- Read this from Stephen Collinson: (Trump) is completing his project of fashioning the office around his own personality. It's unrestrained, unaccountable, often profane, impervious to outside influence and factual constraints of normal governance. The President has established dominance over his party, his Cabinet and his own media complex. He loosened Congress's constraints by refusing to cooperate with the impeachment probe. The result is that there are very few political constraints on his behavior left.

  2. Leonard Nimoy:

    Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special.

  3. Steven Maviglio:

    Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy, california government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality.

  4. Sarah Sanders:

    After two years, the special counsel is moving on with Donald Trump life, and everyone else should do the same.

  5. Lois Scott:

    It has been a special honor serving Mayor Emanuel, a visionary mayor who believes deeply that confronting our fiscal challenges is inextricably linked to the larger economic growth and job-creation strategy for Chicago.

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