[ spesh-uhl-tee ]
/ ˈspɛʃ əl ti /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: specialty / specialties on Thesaurus.com

noun, plural spe·cial·ties.
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.
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also especially British, speciality.

Origin of specialty

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English specialte, specialite “particular affection, fondness,” from Old French especialte, specialte “special quality, favor, or privilege,” from Latin speciālitāt- (inflectional stem of speciālitās) “particularity, peculiarity”;see special, -ity
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use specialty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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

Medical definitions for specialty

[ spĕshəl-tē ]

A branch of medicine or surgery in which a physician specializes; the field or practice of a specialist.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.