specialty

noun, often attributive
spe·​cial·​ty | \ ˈspe-shəl-tē How to pronounce specialty (audio) \
plural specialties

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 specialty
b : 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 dermatology
Recent Examples on the Web The shortage was most dire for children with allergies, digestive problems and metabolic disorders who rely on specialty formulas. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 The shortage was most dire for children with allergies, digestive problems and metabolic disorders who rely on specialty formulas. Frank Bajak, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2022 The shortage was most dire for children with allergies, digestive problems and metabolic disorders who rely on specialty formulas. al, 9 July 2022 The shortage was most dire for children with allergies, digestive problems, and metabolic disorders who rely on specialty formulas. Erin Prater, Fortune, 9 July 2022 The shortage was most dire for children with allergies, digestive problems and metabolic disorders who rely on specialty formulas. CBS News, 9 July 2022 The shortage was most dire for children with allergies, digestive problems and metabolic disorders who rely on specialty formulas. Frank Bajak, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2022 In some cases, substitutions were needed for missing specialty items. oregonlive, 27 July 2022 There are also some specialty items like gyros with fries ($8.50), hot wingettes ($7.29), and pizza puffs ($4.59). The Courier-Journal, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of specialty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for specialty

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

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17 Aug 2022

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“Specialty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialty. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for specialty

specialty

noun
spe·​cial·​ty | \ ˈspe-shəl-tē How to pronounce specialty (audio) \
plural specialties

Kids Definition of specialty

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

specialty

noun
spe·​cial·​ty | \ ˈspesh-əl-tē How to pronounce specialty (audio) \
plural specialties

Medical Definition of specialty

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

specialty

noun
spe·​cial·​ty
plural specialties

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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