Origin of especialMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin specialis
- Of special importance or significance; exceptional: an occasion of especial joy.
- Relating to or directed toward a particular person, group, or purpose: called his father with especial birthday wishes; gave especial attention to the decorations.
- Peculiar to the individual; characteristic: She has an especial fondness for mushrooms.
Origin of especialMiddle English from Old French from Latin speciālis of a kind from speciēs species ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more especial, superlative most especial)