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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 of specialty
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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  • One of our leading conjurers, Kellar, makes a specialty of them.

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  • The ambitious medical student makes a specialty of true inwardness.

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  • I speak as a connoisseur, for faces are a specialty of mine.

  • "That's not my specialty, you know," the Chief answered cautiously.

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British Dictionary definitions for specialty

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 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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specialty 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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