spe·​ci·​al·​i·​ty ˌspe-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce speciality (audio)
plural specialities
: a special mark or quality
: a special object or class of objects
: a special aptitude or skill

Examples of speciality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As more people became distrustful of tap water (rightfully so, in some regions), and diet culture became more prevalent in the American psyche, waters branded as speciality and small-batch, like Fiji Water, became more coveted. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 20 Dec. 2023 For those who would rather have some liquid refreshment, there is a lovely central bar known as the Carousel bar, which has cocktails and speciality coffee. Michele Robson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 At the moment, the United States is suffering from a shortage of physicians in various specialities, including dermatology. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 21 Mar. 2024 Cleft specialists at seven large pediatric institutions around the country, including Seattle Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, told ProPublica that the way doctors performed several procedures sharply departed from their speciality’s most common practices. Megan Rose, ProPublica, 6 Mar. 2024 So, while thousands of department stores, speciality stores in malls and other retailers have closed, discount companies ranging from Walmart to Dollar General to TJ Maxx have grown. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 In 2015, speciality chemicals company Albemarle Corp. acquired Rockwood, which left Ghasemi to decide his next move. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2024 Sushi and sashimi are the house specialities, although the traditional Japanese charcoal grill (robata) is also something special. Michele Robson, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 But that doesn’t mean the entire speciality is set to dissolve. Jane Thier, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speciality was in 1625

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“Speciality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speciality. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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spe·​ci·​al·​i·​ty ˌspesh-ē-ˈal-ət-ē How to pronounce speciality (audio)
plural specialities
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