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Origin and Meaning of Special

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  1. A user from India says the name Special is of Hindu origin and means "Beautiful".
  2. A submission from Iraq says the name Special means "Beauty".
  3. A submission from Morocco says the name Special means "the virgin mary".
  4. A user from the United Arab Emirates says the name Special is of Islamic / Muslim origin and means "Light".
  5. A user from Netherlands says the name Special is of African origin and means "Bless us".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Spe"cial
  1. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort."A special is called by the schools a “species”." [I. Watts.]
  2. Particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon."Our Savior is represented everywhere in Scripture as the special patron of the poor and the afficted." [Atterbury.]"To this special evil an improvement of style would apply a special redress." [De Quincey.]
  3. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon.
  4. Limited in range; confined to a definite field of action, investigation, or discussion; as, a special dictionary of commercial terms; a special branch of study.
  5. Chief in excellence.(Obs)"The king hath drawn The special head of all the land together." [Shak.]
    synonyms: Peculiar; appropriate; specific; dictinctive; particular; exceptional; singular. See Peculiar.

Etymology: L. specialis, fr. species a particular sort, kind, or quality: cf. F. spécial. See Species, and cf. Especial

noun Spe"cial
  1. A particular.(Obs)
  2. One appointed for a special service or occasion.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A television production that features a particular person or work or topic ("the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight")
  2. A special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising ("they are having a special on pork chops")
  3. A dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
  4. Surpassing what is common or usual or expected ("he paid especial attention to her", "a special occasion", "a special reason to confide in her", and "what's so special about the year 2000?")
  5. Having a specific function or scope ("a special (or specific) role in the mission")
  6. Unique or specific to a person or thing or category ("the special features of a computer" and "my own special chair")
  7. For a special service or occasion ("a special correspondent", "a special adviser to the committee", and "had to get special permission for the event")
  8. First and most important ("his special interest is music" and "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work")
  9. Adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose ("a special kind of paint" and "a special medication for arthritis")
  10. Added to a regular schedule ("a special holiday flight" and "put on special buses for the big game")

From Middle English *special, especial, especiall, from Old French especial (whence also French spécial), from Latin specialis (from species, speciei).

  1. A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered.
    We're running a on turkey for Thanksgiving.
  2. One of a rotation of meals systematically offered for a lower price at a restaurant.
    Today's is our tuna melt on rye.
  3. (broadcasting) Unusual or exceptional episode of a series.
    Did you see the Christmas ?
  4. (Britain, colloquial) A special constable.
  5. Anything that is not according to normal practice, plan, or schedule, as an unscheduled run of transportation that is normally scheduled.
    Thousands came to see the that carried the President's coffin.
  6. Any unlicensed medicine produced or obtained for a specific individual patient.
  7. (journalism) A correspondent; a journalist sent to the scene of an event to report back.
  8. (journalism) A dispatch sent back by a special correspondent.
  9. (theater) A light that illuminates a specific person or thing on the stage.

special was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and Middle French

Notable Persons Named Special

Notable Persons Named Special

Special Ed

Special Ed is a hip hop music musician. He was most active from 1989 to present. Special was given the name Edward Archer on May 16th, 1972.

Special D.

Special D. is a eurodance musician. He holds the title Special D. "You". His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Special was given the name Dennis Horstmann on September 16th, 1980. Special is also known as Special D and Special D.igga.

Special K


Special is a hip hop music rapping. He was most active from 2007 to present. Special was given the name Riley Wallace on January 20th, 1983.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Special

Notable Persons With the Last Name Special

Duke Special

Duke Special is an alternative rock, baroque pop, folk music, and soul music singer-songwriter. He plays Piano, Accordion, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 2002 to present. Duke was given the name Peter Wilson on January 4th, 1971 in Lisburn. Duke is also known as Duke Special.


Special is a hip hop music rapping. He was most active from 2007 to present. Special was given the name Riley Wallace on January 20th, 1983.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Special U.S.
  White 95.80% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Special

People with the last name Special are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Special

  • How Popular is the name Special? Special is the 21,104th most popular name of all time. As a last name Special was the 120,901st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Special have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 338 babies born with the first name Special in the United States. That's more than enough people named Special to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Special? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Special first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Special is Thursday, February 5th, 1914.
  • What year had the most people named Special born? The highest recorded use of the first name Special was in 1996 with a total of 23 babies.
  • Random Special Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Special is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Special: The name spelled backwards is Laiceps. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Palseic. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Special? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 143 people with the last name Special.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Special? Special is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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