Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know

special delivery

(in the U.S. Postal Service) delivery of mail outside the regularly scheduled hours, by a special messenger, upon the payment of an extra fee.
Origin of special delivery
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85
Related forms
special-delivery, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for special delivery
Historical Examples
  • It dawned on me, Betty, after I received a special delivery letter this afternoon.

    Betty Lee, Senior Harriet Pyne Grove
  • Yes, it was for them—a special delivery letter for Mrs. Merrill.

    Mary Jane's City Home Clara Ingram Judson
  • They were loitering over their teacups half an hour later when Lizzie came into the library with a special delivery letter.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • But why should she send it by special delivery if it isn't impawtant?

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • On July 15th, the work was finished, registered, and entrusted to the mail with a special delivery stamp.

  • Do you remember that special delivery letter I got when we were in swimming that day?

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • It would be very nice to send it by special delivery, she thought.

    Kidnapped at the Altar Laura Jean Libbey
  • A special delivery letter had never come to their home before.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • Now a good many of the special delivery messengers are women.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • He held out the special delivery and said, You can look for yourself!

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
British Dictionary definitions for special delivery

special delivery

the delivery of a piece of mail outside the time of a scheduled delivery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for special delivery

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for special

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for special delivery