Origin of special
Examples from the Web for special
All of the big cats have a special mystique, but perhaps none more so than the tiger.
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|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Relays are special computers that Tor uses to anonymously transmit traffic across the Internet.
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|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each had her special family recipes, and they took pride in comparing them.The Retrospect|Ada Cambridge
A study has also been made of standard designs for freight-cars of special types, such as tank-cars, steel-cars, and the like.Our Railroads To-Morrow|Edward Hungerford
Captain Crowe had fancied that Mrs. Lunn had shown him special favor that afternoon, and ventured to think himself secure.The Life of Nancy|Sarah Orne Jewett
The bully of the music-hall shouting "Jingo" had his special audience.The Whirlpool|George Gissing
When you thus understand well the nature of the covenant, labour to understand the special reasons of it.A Christian Directory|Baxter Richard
British Dictionary definitions for special
verb -cials, -cialling or -cialled (tr)
Word Origin for special
Word Origin and History 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.