Pronunciation: (spesh'ul),[key] —adj. 1. of a distinct or particular kind or character: a special kind of key. 2. being a particular one; particular, individual, or certain: You'd better call the special number. 3. pertaining or peculiar to a particular person, thing, instance, etc.; distinctive; unique: the special features of a plan. 4. having a specific or particular function, purpose, etc.: a special messenger. 5. distinguished or different from what is ordinary or usual: a special occasion; to fix something special. 6. extraordinary; exceptional, as in amount or degree; especial: special importance. 7. being such in an exceptional degree; particularly valued: a special friend.
—n. 1. a special person or thing.
2. a train used for a particular purpose, occasion, or the like.
3. a special edition of a newspaper.
4. Theat.a spotlight reserved for a particular area, property, actor, etc.: Give me the coffin special. 5. a temporary, arbitrary reduction in the price of regularly stocked goods, esp. food; a particularly worthwhile offer or price: The special this week is on sirloin steaks. 6. Television.a single program not forming part of a regular series.