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spe·cial·ty

 (spĕsh′əl-tē)
n. pl. spe·cial·ties
1.
a. A special pursuit, occupation, aptitude, or skill: The professor's specialty was the study of ancient languages.
b. A branch of medicine or surgery, such as cardiology or neurosurgery, in which a physician specializes; the field or practice of a specialist.
c. An item or product of a distinctive kind or of particular superiority: French pastry is the chef's specialty.
2. Law A contract or agreement that creates a greater obligation than an ordinary contract or agreement because it is executed under seal.

specialty

(ˈspɛʃəltɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Law) law a formal contract or obligation expressed in a deed
2. US and Canadian a special interest or skill
3.
a. a service or product specialized in, as at a restaurant: roast beef was a specialty of the house.
b. (as modifier): a specialty dish.
4. a special or distinguishing feature or characteristic

spe•cial•ty

(ˈspɛʃ əl ti)

n., pl. -ties,
adj. n.
1. a special subject of study, line of work, skill, or the like on which one concentrates.
2. an article or service particularly dealt in, manufactured, rendered, etc.
3. an article of unusual or superior design or quality.
4. a novelty; a new article.
5. a special or particular point, item, matter, etc.
6. special or distinctive quality or state.
adj.
7. (in show business, esp. vaudeville) designating or performing unusual or very specific routines, as juggling or patter singing.
[1300–50; Middle English specialte < Middle French especialte < Late Latin speciālitās. See special, -ity]
specialization, specialty - Specialization refers to the process of becoming specialized; specialty refers to a special pursuit, occupation, or product.
See also related terms for occupation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.specialty - an asset of special worth or utilityspecialty - an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"
asset, plus - a useful or valuable quality
green fingers, green thumb - a special ability to make plants grow
2.specialty - a distinguishing traitspecialty - a distinguishing trait    
individualism, individuality, individuation - the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
foible, idiosyncrasy, mannerism - a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
3.specialty - the special line of work you have adopted as your career; "his specialization is gastroenterology"
calling, career, vocation - the particular occupation for which you are trained

specialty

noun
1. Something at which a person excels:
Slang: bag, thing.
2. An area of academic study that is part of a larger body of learning:
Translations
specializace
specialitet
erikoisala
specijalnost
専門
특기
specialitet
ความชำนาญพิเศษ
chuyên môn

specialty

[ˈspɛʃəlti] n (mainly US)
(= field) → spécialité f
(= food, product) → spécialité f

specialty

تَخَصُّص specializace specialitet Spezialität ειδικότητα especialidad erikoisala spécialité specijalnost specialità 専門 특기 specialiteit spesialitet specjalność especialidade специальность specialitet ความชำนาญพิเศษ uzmanlık chuyên môn 专业

spe·cial·ty

n. especialidad. V. cuadro en la página 115.

specialty

n (pl -ties) especialidad f
References in classic literature ?
They rode upon mules and horses, and there was not a side-saddle in the party; for this specialty was to remain unknown in England for nine hundred years yet.
The "KNEIP" seems to be a specialty of theirs, too.
He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto
These were a specialty of Miss Jane's, and Rebecca carried a tray with six tiny crystal glasses filled with dandelion wine, for which Miss Miranda had been famous in years gone by.
His specialty, as a man of affairs, had been marine law; and his hobby was the collection of rare books and old English engravings.
Not know you, I, who am old, and who have studied all my life men and women, I who have made my specialty the brain and all that belongs to him and all that follow from him
A notable collection of etchings and engravings from the old masters was gradually made by him, those from Claude's paintings being a specialty.
My specialty has been to make the largest possible fortune in the shortest possible time.
It was his specialty to be accurate as to fact, but his recent illness had shaken him, and this one little incident was enough to show me that he was still far from being himself.
All his life he had loved to study maiden ladies; they were his specialty, and his profession had provided him with ample opportunities for the work.
In the fifteenth century, Paris was still divided into three wholly distinct and separate towns, each having its own physiognomy, its own specialty, its manners, customs, privileges, and history: the City, the University, the Town.
We have an inspector who makes a specialty of Saffron Hill and the Italian Quarter.