Definition of special delivery in English:

special delivery


  • 1[mass noun] (in the UK) guaranteed delivery of a letter within the UK the day after posting.

    ‘a parcel arrived by special delivery’
    • ‘If you're really leaving it to the last moment, you'll need special delivery, which guarantees next day delivery.’
    1. 1.1(in the US) delivery of mail outside normal hours on payment of an additional fee.
      • ‘So Kaulkin came down to the parking lot carrying a mail basket containing 15 special delivery packages.’
      • ‘Additional charges may apply for bulk orders or special delivery.’
      mail, the postal service, the postal system
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    2. 1.2[count noun]A letter or parcel sent by a special-delivery service.
      • ‘Targets for parcels and special deliveries were missed after reaching new working practices agreements with the unions.’
      • ‘Karen, you just received a special delivery.’
      • ‘The defendant's real complaint was that, when the trial bundle was sent by special delivery, the envelope was addressed wrongly.’
      • ‘Some 4,000 managers were drafted in to get out special deliveries and to collect mail in the main commercial areas.’
      • ‘I've just got a special delivery in today.’
      • ‘Will a shake-up at the Post Office be a special delivery for entrepreneurs?’
      • ‘For professional contractors, the company has commercial credit programs, special delivery services and dedicated staff.’
      • ‘There was a special delivery for me yesterday.’
      • ‘Many products - such as special deliveries - which were currently not regulated would be now price-controlled, he said.’
      post, letters, packages, parcels, correspondence, communications, airmail
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