Definition of specialty
1 : a distinctive mark or quality
2a : a special object or class of objects: such as (1) : a legal agreement embodied in a sealed instrument (2) : a product of a special kind or of special excellence fried chicken is my specialtyb : the state of being special, distinctive, or peculiar
3 : something in which one specializes
Examples of specialty in a sentence
Buttermilk pie is a Southern specialty.
a doctor with a specialty in internal medicine
Origin and Etymology of specialty
Middle English specialte, from Anglo-French especialté, from Late Latin specialitat-, specialitas, from Latin specialis special
First Known Use: 15th century
SPECIALTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of specialty for English Language Learners
: something that a person or place is known for making or producing very well
: an area of study or business that a person specializes in or has special knowledge of
SPECIALTY Defined for Kids
Definition of specialty for Students
: something for which a person or place is known Pancakes are my speciality. Good service is the restaurant's specialty.
Legal Definition of specialty
1 [from the special form of the contract] : formal contract at contract
2 : a doctrine providing that a person extradited can be prosecuted only for the charges described in the order for extradition
3 : real property (as a parcel of land or especially a structure) that is of such specialized character that no market for it exists and for which value upon condemnation is determined by the cost of reproduction less depreciation —used especially in New York
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