Definition of especial
: being distinctive: such asa : directed toward a particular individual, group, or end sent especial greetings to his son took especial care to speak clearlyb : of special note or importance : unusually great or significant a decision of especial relevancec : highly distinctive or personal : peculiar had an especial dislike for musicd : close, intimate his especial cronye : 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 and Etymology of especial
Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at special
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of especial
ESPECIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of especial for English Language Learners
: more than usual
ESPECIAL Defined for Kids
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