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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In 2018, sales of the speciality plate amounted to $224,000. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "A year later, lawmakers taking $56 million from feds for child care," 24 June 2019 This set from $109.99 can brew up to five gallons, and this set for $199.95 can do the same and comes with more speciality equipment. Simona Matovic, al.com, "Fun beer-inspired gifts for Father’s Day," 12 June 2019 Laika specializes in stop motion, a Portland speciality since the 1970s. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Laika splits with its CFO after new film bombs," 5 June 2019 The evening began in the picturesque garden at the historic Venice Beach House with wine and speciality cocktails designed by Yola Mezcal. Julia Russo, Vogue, "An Evening Under the Stars: We the Women Collective Hosts a Variety Show at the Venice Beach House," 18 Sep. 2018 Sample different cultural specialities at Epcot's World Showcase, which includes the finest cuisine from Canada, Italy, Japan, and more. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Only True Disney World Fanatics Will Ace This Quiz," 13 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of speciality

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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