Origin of especial
Examples from the Web for especial
He was delighted to see Betty, who was an especial favorite of his, and much interested in her account of Bob's flight.Betty Gordon in Washington|Alice B. Emerson
Especial attention should be paid to cleanliness during this period.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)|W. Grant Hague
So spoke the “Puritans” of Arkansas, blind to their own especial blemish.The Fatal Cord|Mayne Reid
The remarks previously made about blowing quickly after removing the work from the flame apply here with especial force.Laboratory Manual of Glass-Blowing|Francis C. Frary
A new combination of well-tried remedies of especial value in pertussis and other spasmodic coughs.
Word Origin for especial
late 14c., from Old French especial "pre-eminent, important," from Latin specialis "belonging to a particular kind or species," from species "kind" (see 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, later restricted to feelings, qualities, etc.