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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Examples of speciality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Discretion over adultery is widely considered a French speciality—yet such deception has its costs. The Economist, "Cherchez les femmes A French politician’s secret child re-evaluates her life," 4 July 2020 Of course, to really put on a show, speciality sprinkles add even more oohs and aahs to the presentation. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to make Funfetti dip at home," 25 June 2020 Giants outfielder Hunter Pence and his wife, Lexi Pence, are donating proceeds from this month’s coffee speciality from their company, Pineapple Labs to The Chronicle’s Season of Sharing fund. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 2-3," 4 June 2020 Some of them have been purely health focused, while others have focused on speciality topics, like caregiving for older loved ones in a time when other centers, like nursing homes or adult day centers, may be closed. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The US communities hit hardest by Covid-19 are also the most ignored," 21 May 2020 Ready to try your hand at one of these regional specialities? Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our 45 Best Indian Recipes," 21 May 2020 But some speciality publishers have been particularly well-positioned to succeed right now. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing How People Buy Books," 27 Apr. 2020 For under $10, users can find wine or speciality craft beers. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "The alcohol delivery service whose sales are going through the roof," 25 Mar. 2020 The wholesale model — in which department and speciality stores buy product from fashion brands at a wholesale price and then mark it up and sell it at retail price to the end consumer — was already broken, and now may disappear altogether. Kristy Hurt, refinery29.com, "What Does The Future Hold For Jobs In Fashion?," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of speciality

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Speciality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speciality. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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