(noun, adjective, verb)


1. unique or specific to a person or thing or category

- the special features of a computer

- my own special chair

Similar word(s): specific, particular, peculiar

2. for a special service or occasion

- a special correspondent

- a special adviser to the committee

- had to get special permission for the event

Similar word(s): extraordinary

3. surpassing what is common or usual or expected

- he paid especial attention to her

- a special occasion

- a special reason to confide in her

Similar word(s): uncommon, especial, exceptional, particular

4. adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose

- a special kind of paint

- a special medication for arthritis

Similar word(s): specialised, specialized

5. having a specific function or scope

- a special (or specific) role in the mission

Similar word(s): specific, limited

6. first and most important

- his special interest is music

- she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work

Similar word(s): primary, particular

7. added to a regular schedule

- a special holiday flight

- put on special buses for the big game

Similar word(s): unscheduled, extra

Sentences with special as an adjective:

- a special episode of a television series

- Everyone is special to someone.

- He goes to a special school.

- The seven dark spots is a special property unique to Coccinella septempunctata.


1. a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising

- they are having a special on pork chops

Definition categories: communication, offer, offering

2. a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant

Definition categories: food, dish

3. 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

Definition categories: communication

Sentences with special as a noun:

- We're running a special on turkey for Thanksgiving.

- Thousands came to see the special that carried the President's coffin.


1. (nursing) To supervise a patient one-on-one.