(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 watercoloursMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A product, especially a type of food, which a person or region is famous for making well: a restaurant serving freshly made local specialitiesMore example sentences
- 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 saladsMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (denoting the quality of being special or distinctive): from Old French especialite or late Latin specialitas, from Latin specialis (see special).