Definitions of special

  1. 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?"
  2. added to a regular schedule; " a special holiday flight"; " put on special buses for the big game"
  3. having a specific function or scope; " a special ( or specific) role in the mission"
  4. first and most important; " his special interest is music"; " she gets special ( or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
  5. unique or specific to a person or thing or category; " the particular demands of the job"; " has a paraticular 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"
  6. 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"
  7. a special offering ( usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising; " they are having a special on pork chops"
  8. a dish or meal given prominence in e. g. a restaurant
  9. for a special service or occasion; " a special correspondent"; " a special adviser to the committee"; " had to get special permission for the event"
  10. adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose; " a special kind of paint"; " a special medication for arthritis"
  11. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort.
  12. Particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon.
  13. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon.
  14. 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.
  15. Chief in excellence.
  16. A particular.
  17. One appointed for a special service or occasion.
  18. Pertaining to, or forming, a species or sort; as, the special characteristics of man; designed for a particular purpose; as, a special course of study; different from others; uncommon; particular; as, a special favor.
  19. Specially.
  20. Relating to a particular subject, individual.
  21. Of a species or sort: particular: distinctive: uncommon: designed for a particular purpose: confined to a particular subject.
  22. Designating a species; distinctive; particular; specific.
  23. Singular; unique; particular; specific; diffrential.
  24. Designating a species or sort; particular; peculiar; designed for a particular purpose; extraordinary; for a particular subject; chief in excellence.
  25. A person or thing specially appointed. Special grace, the renewing and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit. Special pleading, the allegation of special new matter; pleading to gain a special point. Special verdict, one in which the facts of the case are found by the jury, and the law is submitted to the judges.
  26. Pert. to a species or sort; particular; designed for a particular purpose; confined to some particular department or subject; extraordinary.

Usage examples for special

  1. Norah wished she knew a little more about her new " case"; if he were very weak- if special food were needed. – Captain Jim by Mary Grant Bruce
  2. He went out into the hall and looked into the doctor's face- he had forgotten that this old fellow knew nothing of his special reason for deadly fear. – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  3. Father is very proud of him, and he is the old General's special pet, and half lives there when he is at home. – Betty Trevor by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  4. Bunny had a special set of " oilskins," as they are called, for himself. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  5. Once that happens, there's nothing left that makes this place special – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  6. A special favour, won't you? – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  7. Then comes the " Special Idea." – From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade by Frederic C. Curry
  8. She arrived by a special train at twelve lawst night, sir. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. " To the King I cannot speak, for special reasons," continued the woman. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  10. Why, you must have received a fortune since you took up these special cases. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  11. Some of my neighbours, who were special constables, hurried by. – Waiting for Daylight by Henry Major Tomlinson
  12. In any case, I expect to be in Washington in September for a meeting of our special committee. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. Is the special wire set up yet? – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  14. " Here is something very special Miss Jane Morton wished me to give you. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  15. They know we are special among women. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  16. Wear it to school one day, if you want to, and then keep it for special times. – Four Little Blossoms and Their Winter Fun by Mabel C. Hawley
  17. It is a slow train the next, and we are a special express. – The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths
  18. I had to make a special trip to buy it. – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  19. Thereupon he sat down, took a sheet of note- paper, wrote a letter and sent it off by special messenger. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  20. The reasons are special for twelve o'clock. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis