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American English: /ˈspɛʃəl/
British English: /ˈspɛʃ(ə)l/

Translation of special in Spanish:


  • 1 (exceptional) (before noun)
    a special offer
    una oferta especial
    a special price
    un precio especial or de ocasión
    I wear this dress only on special occasions
    me pongo este vestido solo en ocasiones especiales
    Example sentences
    • Grandad and I have special food, at different times from other people.
    • It seemed different, more special then the rest.
    • As he experimented with special lenses and different exposures and paper, his photography became increasingly art-inspired.
    Example sentences
    • This woman is exceptional, she's special, she's extraordinary and I have great respect for her.
    • I have no special talents, except being able to sing.
    • Once an implant has been installed it can't be uninstalled again except with special equipment.
  • 2 (for specific purpose) (before noun)
    special powers (Politics)
    poderes (masculine plural) extraordinarios
    a special diet
    una dieta especial
    a special edition
    una edición or un número especial
    a special feature (Journalism)
    un artículo or una nota especial
    (of product) una característica especial
    our special correspondent
    nuestro enviado especial
    Example sentences
    • High-heel shoes are probably one of the most favorite designs women choose for their special occasions.
    • General purpose home computers will gather dust as special purpose machines with cool designs and unbreakable software take over.
    • Asparagus is normally cooked, preferably by steaming in the special tall utensil designed for the purpose.
  • 3 (particular, individual) I have no special reason for asking
    no tengo ningún motivo en especial or en particular para preguntar
    my special interest is medieval poetry
    me interesa especialmente or en especial or en particular la poesía medieval
    each contestant is tested on his special subject
    se examina a cada concursante en el tema de su especialidad
    children with special needs (School)
    niños que requieren una atención diferenciada
    have you anybody special in mind?
    ¿se te ocurre alguien en especial or en particular or en concreto?
    what are you doing tonight? — nothing special
    ¿qué haces esta noche? — nada en especial or en particular
    Example sentences
    • Yuliana belongs to a special caste in classical ballet - she is a character dancer.
    • This title belongs under that extra special list of films that are so bad they're good.
    • The special character of South Germany was expressed in the liberal subculture, which had lasting-power and prolonged success.
  • 4 (better than ordinary) today is a very special day for me a very special friend
    un amigo muy querido
    please take special care of him
    te pido encarecidamente que lo atiendas muy bien
    she's a very special person
    es una persona extraordinaria
    he makes me feel special
    me hace sentir muy apreciada
    what's so special about Steve?
    ¿qué tiene Steve de especial?


  • 1 (train)
    tren (masculine) especial
    Example sentences
    • During the late 1950s, several hour-long specials were also broadcast.
    • It will air this Sunday night as a television special on ABC.
    • The artist had created several animated commercials and specials for television.
  • 2special (constable) (in UK)
    (civil que en determinadas situaciones cumple tareas de policía)
  • 3 (broadcast)
    programa (masculine) especial
  • 4 (Journalism)
    número (masculine) extraordinario
  • 5 5.1 (Cooking)
    plato (masculine) especial
    the chef's special
    especialidad (feminine) del día
    Example sentences
    • Restaurants run food specials for a number of reasons, sometimes because the chef found certain ingredients at a reduced price.
    • The fine-dining restaurant specialises in Californian-influenced Italian cuisine including shrimp and lobster specials served to the sounds of a live jazz band.
    • Delicious weekly specials augment a superb menu, with a robust selection of favorites from America's four corners.
    5.2 (special offer) on special (US)
    de or en oferta
    Example sentences
    • There are reduced rates and specials being offered within other sections of the market.
    • They offer a handful of weekly specials but otherwise keep prices relatively high.
    • Wellington is awash in curry houses, thus they tend to offer specials to entice you to eat there.
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