Special - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈspeʃl|  American pronunciation of the word special
Brit.  |ˈspeʃ(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word special


- 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


- unique or specific to a person or thing or category (syn: particular, peculiar)
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
- surpassing what is common or usual or expected (syn: especial, exceptional, particular)
he paid especial attention to her
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 (syn: limited)
a special (or specific) role in the mission
- first and most important (syn: particular)
his special interest is music
she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work
- added to a regular schedule (syn: extra)
a special holiday flight
put on special buses for the big game

Extra examples

This is a special case and I want you to handle it personally.

Only under special circumstances will you be allowed to retake the test.

Your many years of service put you in a special category.

Why should you receive any special treatment?

It takes a special quality to do what he did.

This is a very special occasion.

Are you doing anything special over the holidays?

We have a special guest tonight—the mayor.

No one is more special to me than my wife.

He always made her feel special.

A one-hour special on whales

Today's lunch special is chili.

The specials are on the board.

They were having a special on paper towels so I stocked up.

Every person has their own special problems.

Word forms

singular: special
plural: specials
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