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 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 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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