American English

Definition of special noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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) a price for a particular product in a store or restaurant that is lower than usual There's a special on coffee this week.
  3. Idioms 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 Learner's Dictionary entry: special