Special - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
- a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
- a television production that features a particular person or work or topic


- unique or specific to a person or thing or category(syn: particular, peculiar)
- for a special service or occasion
- surpassing what is common or usual or expected(syn: especial, exceptional, particular)
- adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
- having a specific function or scope(syn: limited)
- first and most important(syn: particular)
- added to a regular schedule(syn: extra)


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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