Definition of speciality in English:


Line breaks: spe¦ci¦al|ity
Pronunciation: /ˌspɛʃɪˈalɪti
(chiefly North American & Medicine also specialty)

noun (plural specialities)

  • 1A pursuit, area of study, or skill to which someone has devoted much time and effort and in which they are expert: his speciality was watercolours
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    • Such thinkers rarely wish to venture outside their speciality, and rarely wish to comment on large-scale issues.
    • New workers were and still are assigned randomly to different specialities.
    • ‘Ice wine’ is a speciality of these parts.
    forte, strong point, strength, métier, long suit, strong suit, talent, skill, bent, gift, claim to fame, department, pièce de résistance
    informal bag, thing, cup of tea
  • 1.1A product, especially a type of food, which a person or region is famous for making well: a restaurant serving freshly made local specialities
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    • In several countries, nuns are recognized as making excellent pastries; many convents produce sought-after specialities.
    • One of the company's key concerns is the promotion of regional specialities that are in danger of extinction.
    • Local specialities include pasta stuffed with rice and spinach.
  • 1.2 [as modifier] Meeting particular tastes or needs: speciality potatoes for salads
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    • You can buy small bottles of aromatic oils from speciality shops.
    • Ryan sources most of the stock, travelling to food fairs and meeting speciality food companies.
    • West End theatres used to run revues or present speciality acts like an American singer surrounded by dancers and back-up acts.
  • 2 (often specialty) A branch of medicine or surgery.
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    • His specialty is oncology - working with children with cancer.
    • My specialty is immunology, and I was involved in some of the early descriptions of AIDS.
    • Orthodontics, the oldest speciality in dentistry, enhances the appearance and health of one's teeth.
    area of specialization, specialty, field of study, area, branch of knowledge, medical/surgical field


late Middle English (denoting the quality of being special or distinctive): from Old French especialite or late Latin specialitas, from Latin specialis (see special).

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