Definition of specialty in English:

Share this entry


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
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
British  speciality, fine food/product, traditional food/product
1.3 [as modifier] Meeting particular tastes or needs: specialty potatoes for salads


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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: spe·cial·ty

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.