spe·​cial·​ism ˈspe-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce specialism (audio)
: specialization in an occupation or branch of learning
: a field of specialization : specialty

Examples of specialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year’s cohort comprises creatives spanning craft specialisms from hair and make up, production, editing and games design, to performance, directing and cinematography and is from diverse ethnic backgrounds and abilities. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 These fundamental conundrums of criticism involve questions about specialism, authority, personality, art, and business. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Of course, it is understood that everyone needs a basic level of education and that specialism cannot occur too early. Al Kingsley, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 The move echoes other exchanges’ efforts to seek new business outside their traditional specialisms. Ben Dummett, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2023 The firm’s specialism is directed towards a project and service product known as vclusters (or virtual clusters). Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2023 According to the writer and neuroscientist Patrick House, his specialism is a frustrating field. Richard Lea, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2022 Its success underlines the importance of strategic partnerships, whether that's through technology or specialism. David Tuck, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The anti-corruption prosecutor completed her Master’s degree last year, with a specialism in criminology. Zahra Nader, Time, 20 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of specialism was in 1846

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“Specialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialism. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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