spe·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌspe-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce speciality (audio) \
plural specialities

Definition of speciality

1 : a special mark or quality
2 : a special object or class of objects
3a : a special aptitude or skill

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Beginning in the late 20th century, these generalist camps, those of the bug juice and water wars variety, began to receive competition from speciality camps. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Summer isn't a break for kids or parents," 22 Aug. 2019 Sniffing out high-quality formulas for prices that won't break your weekly budget is your speciality, which means Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is your Olympics. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "The Best Under-$50 Beauty Deals To Score At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 25 July 2019 Until recently, its main venue were mom-and-pop stores selling Middle Eastern specialities in affluent neighborhoods where families from the region are plentiful. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How an Old School Jordanian Sweets Maker Made it to Walmart," 19 July 2019 Waiters carried floating trays of bubbly topped with white cotton candy garnishes, while bartenders served up absinthe-style speciality cocktails. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Moulin Rouge! Premieres on Broadway With a Spectacularly Splashy Opening Night," 26 July 2019 His speciality is studying media influence on children, including video games, television, film, music, even advertising. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Want to be more creative? Playing Minecraft can help, new study finds," 12 July 2019 When big pharma companies shut their antibiotics divisions, the scientists who specialised in the field had scattered, retired or switched to other specialities. The Economist, "Attack of the superbugs: July 2041," 5 July 2019 Markel, a speciality and small business insurer headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., is a holding company for insurance, reinsurance, and investment operations around the world. Fortune, "Markel," 1 July 2019 Try the shrimp in bacanora sauce, or the eponymous house speciality called mochomos — finely shredded beef cooked to a crisp. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Exploring Hermosillo, northern Mexico’s great unsung food city," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of speciality

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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