Definition of especial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈspeʃl//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspeʃl//
[only before noun] (formal)
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greater or better than usual; special in some way or for a particular group a matter of especial importance The lecture will be of especial interest to history students. compare special Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin specialis ‘special’, from species, literally ‘appearance, form, beauty’, from specere ‘to look’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: especial