- a special or distinctive quality, mark, state, or condition.
- a special subject of study, line of work, area of interest, or the like: His specialty is art criticism.
- 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.
- an article of unusual or superior design or quality.
- a novelty; a new article.
- an article with such strong consumer demand that it is at least partially removed from price competition.
- a special or particular point, item, matter, characteristic, or peculiarity.
- a special agreement, contract, etc., expressed in an instrument under seal.
- a negotiable instrument not under seal.
- Theater. (in vaudeville)
- 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.
- (of a song or dance) isolated from the rest of the show: specialty number.
Origin of specialty
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Examples from the Web for specialties
There are specialties where interpersonal skills can take a backseat without harm to patient well-being.How One Doctor Mastered the Art of Delivering Life-Changing Diagnoses
March 22, 2014
For one, the assignment of specialties in the military is fairly arbitrary.From War to Work: Why and How Companies Should Hire Post-9/11 Veterans
October 31, 2012
Among her specialties is helping patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder.Mom or Murderer?
May 18, 2011
His specialties are attracting the sympathy of the jury for his physical pluck and amusing it with his lively wit.My Trial With Blago's Lawyer
December 26, 2008
She has no dates, nor rites, nor persons, nor specialties nor men.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But all these things were exactly the young engineer's specialties.Herbert Hoover
He was cursed with the curse of the age; it was an age of specialties, and he had none.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
One of his specialties is the smuggling of arms into foreign countries.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
There is no occasion for quarrelling with these specialties.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
- law a formal contract or obligation expressed in a deed
- US and Canadian a special interest or skill
- a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurantroast beef was a specialty of the house
- (as modifier)a specialty dish
- a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic
Word Origin and History for specialties
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.
- A branch of medicine or surgery in which a physician specializes; the field or practice of a specialist.