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Definition of special noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    special

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈspeʃl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeʃl//
     
    Dining out
     
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  1. 1something that is not usually available but is provided for a particular purpose or on one occasion an election-night special on television The menu changes regularly and there are daily specials to choose from.
  2. 2(informal, especially North American English) a price for a particular product in a shop/store or restaurant that is lower than usual There's a special on coffee this week. See related entries: Dining out
  3. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French especial ‘especial’ or Latin specialis, from species ‘appearance’, from specere ‘to look’.Extra examples Eric Sykes returned with this one-off special for ITV. The restaurant has an extensive menu and daily specials. There are lots of TV Christmas specials for children this year. the Dick Van Dyke Show reunion specialIdioms (especially North American English) on sale at a lower price for a short period of time The chocolates were on special at my local store. You can often find them on special.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: special