Simple Definition of especial
: more than usual
Full Definition of especial
: being distinctive: as a : directed toward a particular individual, group, or end <sent especial greetings to his son> <took especial care to speak clearly> b : of special note or importance : unusually great or significant <a decision of especial relevance> c : highly distinctive or personal : peculiar <had an especial dislike for music> d : close, intimate <his especial crony> e : specific, particular <had no especial destination in mind>
: in particular
Examples of especial in a sentence
This is a matter of especial importance.
<a candidate who handled the stunning defeat with especial grace>
Origin of especial
Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at special
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of especial
ESPECIAL Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up especial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).