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better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual:they always made a special effort at Christmas exceptionally good or precious:she’s a very special person belonging specifically to a particular person or place:we want to preserve our town’s special character designed or organized for a particular person, purpose, or occasion:we will return by special coaches (of a subject) studied in particular depth. used to denote education for children with particular needs, especially those with learning difficulties. Mathematics denoting a group consisting of matrices of unit determinant.
a thing, such as an event, product, or broadcast, that is designed or organized for a particular occasion or purpose:television’s election night specials a dish not on the regular menu at a restaurant but served on a particular day. informal a product or service offered at a temporarily reduced price.