[ spesh-uh l in-ter-ist, in-trist ]
/ ˈspɛʃ əl ˈɪn tər ɪst, ˈɪn trɪst /
Also called special interest. a body of persons, corporation, or industry that seeks or receives benefits or privileged treatment, especially through legislation.
Digital Technology. a subgroup within a user group where members share information or research in specialized fields. Abbreviation: SIG
Origin of special-interest group
First recorded in 1920–25
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