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noun

(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.

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Origin of special delivery

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

OTHER WORDS FROM special delivery

spe·cial-de·liv·er·y, adjective
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special delivery

noun

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