Definition of specialty in English:


Syllabification: spe·cial·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈspeSHəltē
(British also speciality /ˌspeSHēˈalitē/)

noun (plural specialties)

  • 1A pursuit, area of study, or skill to which someone has devoted much time and effort and in which they are expert: his specialty was watercolors
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    forte, strong point, strength, métier, strong suit, talent, skill, bent, gift; British speciality
    informal bag, thing, cup of tea
  • 1.1A particular branch of medicine or surgery.
  • 1.2A product, especially a type of food, that a person or region is famous for making well: the local specialties are all seafood
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    delicacy; British speciality, fine food/product, traditional food/product
  • 1.3 [as modifier] Meeting particular tastes or needs: specialty potatoes for salads
  • 2 Law A contract under seal.


Middle English (denoting special affection or attachment): shortening of Old French especialte, from especial (see special).

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