1. Of special importance or significance; exceptional: an occasion of especial joy.
2. Relating to or directed toward a particular person, group, or purpose: called his father with especial birthday wishes; gave especial attention to the decorations.
3. Peculiar to the individual; characteristic: She has an especial fondness for mushrooms.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin speciālis, of a kind, from speciēs, species; see spek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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