Meaning of special

spe•cial

Pronunciation: (spesh'ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of a distinct or particular kind or character: a special kind of key.
  2. being a particular one; particular, individual, or certain: You'd better call the special number.
  3. pertaining or peculiar to a particular person, thing, instance, etc.; distinctive; unique: the special features of a plan.
  4. having a specific or particular function, purpose, etc.: a special messenger.
  5. distinguished or different from what is ordinary or usual: a special occasion; to fix something special.
  6. extraordinary; exceptional, as in amount or degree; especial: special importance.
  7. being such in an exceptional degree; particularly valued: a special friend.
—n.
  1. a special person or thing.
  2. a train used for a particular purpose, occasion, or the like.
  3. a special edition of a newspaper.
  4. a spotlight reserved for a particular area, property, actor, etc.: Give me the coffin special.
  5. a temporary, arbitrary reduction in the price of regularly stocked goods, esp. food; a particularly worthwhile offer or price: The special this week is on sirloin steaks.
  6. a single program not forming part of a regular series.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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