spe·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌspe-shē-ˈa-lə-tē \
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

b : specialty sense 3

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Founded in 1880, the atelier is among those with which Gabrielle Chanel worked directly, for in addition to feathers, Lemarié’s other speciality is molded flowers—i.e. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 Need more be said in a general way about this literary form whose aim is never definitude and whose speciality is specificity? Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Essayism’ Review: Tell Me a Bit (Less) About Yourself," 30 Nov. 2018 Steak may be their speciality but on Thanksgiving, Ruth's Chris is all about turkey. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "18 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving This Year," 16 Oct. 2018 Think bass fish filets and boiled potatoes with dill and many of the aforementioned specialities. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Learning From Sardinia, Where Locals Live La Dolce Vita Longer Than Anyone Else," 16 July 2018 According to recent data from Cardlytics, which monitors spending in Britain, people spend 18% more in sports shops the week before joining a gym (compared with the week prior), and 16% more in speciality health shops. The Economist, "The squeezed middleAs gyms hit peak season, the market does the splits," 11 Jan. 2018 Then mid-afternoon head to your private cooking school for an afternoon of preparation and cooking, focusing on some Lyonnais specialities, which will make up dinner. Jack Dancy, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Europe," 5 Oct. 2016 Singletons with neither a strong speciality nor an international footprint are feeling squeezed. The Economist, "British law firms seek similar across the pond," 12 Apr. 2018 By 2020, there will be up to 8,800 too few doctors in the speciality. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "SCOTUS Vacancy, Becky Hammon, Google's Diane Greene: Broadsheet June 28," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of speciality

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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