noun, plural spe·cial·ties.
- a special agreement, contract, etc., expressed in an instrument under seal.
- a negotiable instrument not under seal.
- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of specialties
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
noun plural -ties
- a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurantroast beef was a specialty of the house
- (as modifier)a specialty dish
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.