specialty

[spesh-uhl-tee]
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.
a.
a special agreement, contract, etc., expressed in an instrument under seal.
b.
a negotiable instrument not under seal.
adjective
9.
Theater.
a.
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.
b.
(of a song or dance) isolated from the rest of the show: specialty number.
Also, especially British, speciality.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English specialte < Middle French especialte < Late Latin speciālitās. See special, -ity

especially, specially, specialty (see synonym study at especially).


3. trademark, stamp, badge, forte.
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speciality or chiefly (US and Canadian) specialty (ˌspɛʃɪˈælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a special interest or skill
2.  a.  a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurant: roast beef was a speciality of the house
 b.  (as modifier): a speciality dish
3.  a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic
 
specialty or chiefly (US and Canadian) specialty
 
n

specialty (ˈspɛʃəltɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  law a formal contract or obligation expressed in a deed
2.  (US), (Canadian) a special interest or skill
3.  a.  a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurant: roast beef was a specialty of the house
 b.  (as modifier): a specialty dish
4.  a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic

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specialty
early 14c., from M.Fr. especialte, variant of specialite, from L. specialitatem (nom. 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 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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