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.

Nearby words

  1. special clearing,
  2. special collection,
  3. special committee,
  4. special constable,
  5. special court-martial,
  6. special delivery stamp,
  7. special dividend,
  8. special drawing rights,
  9. special education,
  10. special educational needs

Origin of special delivery

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Related formsspe·cial-de·liv·er·y, adjective

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special delivery


the delivery of a piece of mail outside the time of a scheduled delivery
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