specialty

[ spesh-uhl-tee ]
/ ˈspɛʃ əl ti /

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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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

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British Dictionary definitions for specialty

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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Medical definitions for specialty

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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