es·​pe·​cial | \ i-ˈspe-shəl How to pronounce especial (audio) \

Definition of especial

: being distinctive: such 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 especial
: in particular

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special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own. special ingredients especial may add implications of preeminence or preference. a matter of especial importance specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species. children with specific nutritional needs particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual. a ballet step of particular difficulty individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group. valued each individual opinion

Examples of especial in a Sentence

This is a matter of especial importance. a candidate who handled the stunning defeat with especial grace
Recent Examples on the Web En este especial familiar de San Valentín, puedes usar prendas rojas o decorar tu bicicleta. Silvana Pagliuca, Dallas News, "Planean paseo en bicicleta para recorrer Oak Cliff en grupo este domingo," 7 Feb. 2020 The phrase emphasizes the importance of communication between different nations, which carries especial significance for Beijing this year as it is engaged in an ongoing trade war with the US. Jane Li, Quartz, "The transformation of China’s top memes over a decade reflects Beijing’s tighter grip on speech," 30 Dec. 2019 There’s an especial succulence to the date: Chick-Fil-A, the company’s main rival, is closed on Sundays. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "Americans are waiting hours to eat the Popeyes chicken sandwich," 3 Nov. 2019 The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which recently celebrated its 50th year, has been an especial showcase for some of the world’s finest young musicians. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "The Irresistible Beauty of Schubert," 2 Nov. 2019 Perseguido por mafiosos rusos y el FBI, un antiguo miembro de una fuerza especial de élite debe armar el rompecabezas de su memoria perdida. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Estoy más que honorada de haber sido elegida por La Duquesa de Sussex y @BritishVogue para el número especial Forces for Change. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Salma Hayek Couldn't Tell Anyone About Meghan Markle's British Vogue Involvement—Not Even Her Fellow Cover Stars," 1 Aug. 2019 Venckiene’s lawyers could ask the Supreme Court to intervene, but the high court rarely takes on such issues, especial when neither the 7th Circuit nor the U.S. district court suggested any of the legal questions were close calls. Washington Post, "Jailed judge alleging pedophile ring on verge of extradition," 22 July 2019 Yet, to my especial surprise, many of these downtrodden damsels weren’t crusading millennial activists fresh from campus indoctrination camps but women in their sixties from my own generation. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of especial

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for especial

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at special

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Especial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of especial

formal : more than usual


es·​pe·​cial | \ i-ˈspe-shəl How to pronounce especial (audio) \

Kids Definition of especial

: more than usual : special

Other Words from especial

especially adverb

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