1889, from extra + special. Originally of certain editions of daily newspapers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for extra-special

Historical Examples of extra-special

  • Her Sundays, gloriously unoccupied, generally did, but this was extra-special.

    The Rose Garden Husband

    Margaret Widdemer

  • Bustle round, you fellows, and get out an extra-special edition.

  • "These are going to be extra-special holidays," triumphed Deirdre.

  • You vill not forget vat I say about extra-special discount to ze nobility and gentry?

    King of the Air

    Herbert Strang

  • A two-gallon jar of extra-special detergent, used only for laces, conked him and smashed on the floor before him.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins