I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French especial, from Latin specialis individual, particular, from species species Date: 13th century 1. distinguished by some unusual quality; especially being in some way superior <
our special blend
2. held in particular esteem <
a special friend
3. a. readily distinguishable from others of the same category ; unique <
they set it apart as a special day of thanksgiving
b. of, relating to, or constituting a species ; specific 4. being other than the usual ; additional, extra 5. designed for a particular purpose or occasion • specialness noun Synonyms: special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own <
special ingredients
. especial may add implications of preeminence or preference <
a matter of especial importance
. specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species <
children with specific nutritional needs
. particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual <
a ballet step of particular difficulty
. individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group <
valued each individual opinion
. II. noun Date: 1866 1. one that is used for a special service or occasion <
caught the commuter special to work
2. something (as a television program) that is not part of a regular series 3. a featured dish at a restaurant <
the specials of the day

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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