Origin of special
Synonyms for special
Antonyms for special
Related Words for speciallimited, major, exclusive, certain, primary, appropriate, individual, proper, different, personal, main, exceptional, unusual, extraordinary, significant, particular, memorable, unique, peculiar, rare
Examples from the Web for special
Contemporary Examples of special
All of the big cats have a special mystique, but perhaps none more so than the tiger.This Tiger Has Some Serious Ups
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
January 2, 2015
After the release of the trailer for the special last week, TLC received a requisite and perhaps well-deserved tongue-lashing.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
Special praise goes to Kudrow for the way she broadened the scope of Valerie Cherish in Season 2.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
Relays are special computers that Tor uses to anonymously transmit traffic across the Internet.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
He had a special knife designed to cut the dense loaf, and a ceremony to precede cutting the cake.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of special
Now, a gent with special fine eyes might find that you looked like the gent on this poster.Way of the Lawless
Each period of our national history has had its special challenges.
God has never, as far as we can see, dealt in special and temporary gifts.
No one department of human effort is specially His, or is His special expression.
You must allow there are some who never find a use for their special gifts.Weighed and Wanting
verb -cials, -cialling or -cialled (tr)
Word Origin for special
early 13c., "better than ordinary," from Old French especial, from Latin specialis "individual, particular," from species "appearance, kind, sort" (see species). Meaning "marked off from others by some distinguishing quality" is recorded from c.1300. In Middle English, also as a noun meaning "sweetheart, lover." Meaning "special train" is attested from 1866. Special effects first attested 1951. Special interests in U.S. political sense is from 1910. Special pleading first recorded 1680s.