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specialty

[spesh-uh l-tee] /ˈspɛʃ əl ti/
noun, plural specialties.
1.
a special or distinctive quality, mark, state, or condition.
2.
a special subject of study, line of work, area of interest, or the like:
His specialty is art criticism.
3.
an article or service particularly dealt in, rendered, manufactured, etc., or one to which the provider, dealer, or manufacturer claims to devote special care:
The manufacturer's specialty is fine hats.
4.
an article of unusual or superior design or quality.
5.
a novelty; a new article.
6.
an article with such strong consumer demand that it is at least partially removed from price competition.
7.
a special or particular point, item, matter, characteristic, or peculiarity.
8.
Law.
  1. a special agreement, contract, etc., expressed in an instrument under seal.
  2. a negotiable instrument not under seal.
adjective
9.
Theater.
  1. performing or performed in a manner that is unusual or not customary for a type of act, especially a performance involving dexterity or ingenuity, as a patter song:
    specialty actor; specialty act.
  2. (of a song or dance) isolated from the rest of the show:
    specialty number.
Also, especially British, speciality.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English specialte < Middle French especialte < Late Latin speciālitās. See special, -ity
Can be confused
especially, specially, specialty (see synonym study at especially)
Synonyms
3. trademark, stamp, badge, forte.
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Examples from the web for specialties
  • Veterinary medicine has a number of those same specialties, one of which is zoological medicine.
  • Psychiatrists themselves have the highest incidence of mental illness of all the medical specialties, and of suicide.
  • They create their own journals in their sub-specialties with their peers at other universities.
  • Conscientious, ethical journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty.
  • None of the new specialties is considered more than a focus of research.
  • They were among the first to see their field as a unified engineering science, not merely a collection of isolated specialties.
  • Many of you are quite myopic to the world around you with regard to your particular specialties.
  • Now a big shift to large groups containing many specialties is taking place.
  • specialties will vanish, teaching positions will shift and disappear.
  • Contemporary art and photography have more positions open than other specialties.
British Dictionary definitions for specialties

specialty

/ˈspɛʃəltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
(law) a formal contract or obligation expressed in a deed
2.
(US & Canadian) a special interest or skill
3.
  1. a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurant: roast beef was a specialty of the house
  2. (as modifier): a specialty dish
4.
a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic
another word for speciality
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Word Origin and History for specialties

specialty

n.

early 14c., from Middle French especialte, variant of specialite, from Latin specialitatem (nominative specialitas) "peculiarity," from specialis (see special). Speciality is attested from early 15c.; French form spécialité (especially in reference to restaurant dishes) is recorded from 1839.

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specialties in Medicine

specialty spe·cial·ty (spěsh'əl-tē)
n.
A branch of medicine or surgery in which a physician specializes; the field or practice of a specialist.

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