especial late 14c., from O.Fr. especial "pre-eminent, important," from L. specialis "belonging to a particular kind or species," from species "kind" (see SPECIES (Cf. species)). Latin words with initial sp-, st-, sc- usually acquired an e- when borrowed by Old French. Modern French has restored the word to spécial. Originally with the same sense as SPECIAL (Cf. special), later restricted to feelings, qualities, etc.

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  • especial — (Del lat. speciālis). 1. adj. Singular o particular, que se diferencia de lo común o general. 2. Muy adecuado o propio para algún efecto. 3. Que está destinado a un fin concreto y esporádico. Tren, reunión especial. 4. Dicho de un programa… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Especial — Es*pe cial, a. [OF. especial, F. sp[ e]cial, L. specialis, fr. species a particular sort, kind, or quality. See {Species}, and cf. {Special}.] Distinguished among others of the same class or kind; special; concerning a species or a single object; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • especial — especial, especially, special, specially 1. There is no longer any great difficulty with especial because special has all but driven it out, although it is still used occasionally to refer principally to exceptional personal qualities or… …   Modern English usage

  • especial — adj. 2 g. 1. Relativo a espécie. 2. Particular. 3. Privativo. 4. Excelente; do melhor; destinado a um fim ou uso particular. 5.  [Brasil: Nordeste] Reprimenda. 6. em especial: particularmente; principalmente …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • especial — index certain (particular), certain (specific), exclusive (singular), extraordinary, noteworthy …   Law dictionary

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  • especial — [e spesh′əl, ispesh′əl] adj. [ME & OFr < L specialis] special; particular; outstanding; exceptional SYN. SPECIAL …   English World dictionary

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