Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[spesh-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌspɛʃ iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural specialities. Chiefly British.
Origin of speciality
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English specialite < Late Latin speciālitās; see specialty Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for specialities
Historical Examples
  • A real native bath is one of the specialities of the country.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Later, in a mood of concession, he inquired as to my specialities.

  • Very lucky to get such a bunch of specialities into one outfit.

    The Red One Jack London
  • The girls who formed the specialities, as they were called, had met for a cheerful conference.

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

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • There was to be a great meeting of the specialities on the following evening.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • The first of these specialities consists in the moral forces and effects.

    On War Carl von Clausewitz
  • She could not tell the specialities what her cousins had done; she could not—she would not.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • One of her specialities was the pronunciation of English words, in which she was an authority.

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • Now, then, is Betty Vivian to be invited to join the specialities?

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


noun (pl) -ties
a special interest or skill
  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
a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for speciality

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for specialities

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for specialities