specialty

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noun, often attributive spe·cial·ty \ˈspe-shəl-tē\

Definition of specialty

plural

specialties

  1. 1 :  a distinctive mark or quality

  2. 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. 3 :  something in which one specializes

Examples of specialty in a Sentence

  1. Buttermilk pie is a Southern specialty.

  2. a doctor with a specialty in internal medicine

Recent Examples of specialty from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of specialty

Middle English specialte, from Anglo-French especialté, from Late Latin specialitat-, specialitas, from Latin specialis special



SPECIALTY Defined for English Language Learners

specialty

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noun

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

specialty

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noun spe·cial·ty \ˈspe-shəl-tē\

Definition of specialty for Students

plural

specialties

  1. :  something for which a person or place is known Pancakes are my speciality. Good service is the restaurant's specialty.


Medical Dictionary

specialty

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noun spe·cial·ty \ˈspesh-əl-tē\

Medical Definition of specialty

plural

specialties

  1. :  something (as a branch of medicine) in which one specializes


Law Dictionary

specialty

noun spe·cial·ty

Legal Definition of specialty

plural

specialties

  1. 1 [from the special form of the contract] :  formal contract at contract

  2. 2 :  a doctrine providing that a person extradited can be prosecuted only for the charges described in the order for extradition

  3. 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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