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.
Origin of specialty
Synonyms for specialty
Related Words for specialtyhobby, major, masterpiece, profession, speciality, practice, thing, career, weakness, work, game, number, forte, job, minor, pursuit, racket, vocation, special, occupation
Examples from the Web for specialty
Contemporary Examples of specialty
MK Chambers Company Michigan-based supplier of specialty machining.
Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation A Pennsylvania-based wood cabinet and specialty products manufacturer.
The notion to morph a specialty tortilla chip into a taco shell at first may sound like it would be a snap.Taste Sensation Innovation
September 18, 2014
Back in the 1990s, he ran afoul of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), the certifying organization for his specialty.Rand Paul and the Certification Racket
August 11, 2014
His family ran a butcher shop in a part of town so tough that their specialty was broken leg of lamb.Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
Historical Examples of specialty
She has made a specialty of Angoras, and her collection is famous.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
I speak as a connoisseur, for faces are a specialty of mine.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
This house makes a specialty of seed-corn and we believe that they will do what they say they will.
As Cornish men we should adopt the specialty of our province, and become miners.
Specialty after specialty would be unveiled and teams would work on them.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
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.