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speciality

[spesh-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌspɛʃ iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural specialities. Chiefly British.
1.
Origin of speciality
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English specialite < Late Latin speciālitās; see specialty
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  • As I heard him say one day at 'the Reform,' 'Other men have their specialities.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Later, in a mood of concession, he inquired as to my specialities.

  • One of her specialities was the pronunciation of English words, in which she was an authority.

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • A real native bath is one of the specialities of the country.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • The girls who formed the specialities, as they were called, had met for a cheerful conference.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • Now, then, is Betty Vivian to be invited to join the specialities?

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • The specialities have hitherto kept constantly to their rules.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • Fanny, however, now saw at a glance that she was in the black looks of the other specialities.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • The specialities asked her boldly why she did not love Betty Vivian.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • It was so very odd that Betty was expelled from the specialities.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for specialities

speciality

/ˌspɛʃɪˈælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a special interest or skill
2.
  1. a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurant: roast beef was a speciality of the house
  2. (as modifier): a speciality dish
3.
a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic
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