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English definition of “special”

special

noun [C]     /ˈspeʃəl/
TELEVISION a television programme made for a particular reason or occasion and not part of a series : The Christmas special had 24.3 million viewers .Broadcasting in general
FOOD a dish in a restaurant that is not usually available : Today's specials are written on the board .Meals and parts of mealsRestaurants and cafes
(Definition of special noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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