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specialty

[ spesh-uhl-tee ]
/ ˈspɛʃ əl ti /
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noun, plural spe·cial·ties.

adjective

Theater. (in vaudeville)
  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.

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RELATED WORDS

hobby, major, masterpiece, profession, speciality, practice, thing, career, weakness, work, game, number, forte, job, minor, pursuit, racket, vocation, special, occupation

Nearby words

speciality, specialization, specialize, specialized, specially, specialty, speciate, speciation, specie, specie point, species
Also especially British, speciality.

Origin of specialty

1300–50; Middle English specialte < Middle French especialte < Late Latin speciālitās. See special, -ity
SYNONYMS FOR specialty
Can be confusedespecially specially specialty (see synonym study at especially)
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British Dictionary definitions for specialties

specialty

/ (ˈspɛʃəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

law a formal contract or obligation expressed in a deed
US and Canadian a special interest or skill
  1. a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurantroast beef was a specialty of the house
  2. (as modifier)a specialty dish
a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic
another word for speciality
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Medicine definitions for specialties

specialty

[ spĕshəl-tē ]

n.

A branch of medicine or surgery in which a physician specializes; the field or practice of a specialist.
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