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special delivery

(in the U.S. Postal Service) delivery of mail outside the regularly scheduled hours, by a special messenger, upon the payment of an extra fee.
Origin of special delivery
1880-85, Americanism
Related forms
special-delivery, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For the present Postmasters will use the existing forms of requisition in applying for special-delivery stamps.

  • The special-delivery letter she carried was her excuse for following.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • "A special-delivery letter for me, Madame," announced the Frenchwoman.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The servile one handed him a letter with a special-delivery stamp on it.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • Cornie Dean said a messenger boy had just come out to the Hall on a bicycle with a special-delivery lettah from home.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • She wondered a little at this, but did not ask, and the letters were mailed, with special-delivery stamps on them.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
  • Pouring a little on his handkerchief, he applied it to the envelop of the special-delivery letter.

    Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
  • special-delivery stamps are to be cancelled as postage stamps are cancelled.

  • “I have a special-delivery letter for you, Mrs. Weinberger,” she said.

  • It just flashed into my mind this morning, and I sat down at once and sent a special-delivery letter to Fanny Russell.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for special-delivery

special delivery

the delivery of a piece of mail outside the time of a scheduled delivery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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