noun (plural -ties) Date: 15th century 1. a special mark or quality 2. a special object or class of objects 3. a. a special aptitude or skill b. specialty 3

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  • Speciality — Spe ci*al i*ty, n.; pl. {Specialities}. [See {Special}, and {Specialty}.] 1. A particular or peculiar case; a particularity. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) See {Specialty}, 3. [1913 Webster] 3. The special or peculiar mark or characteristic …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • speciality — speciality, specialty In the primary meanings, ‘a product, activity, or service in which a person or group specializes’ and ‘a special feature or skill’, speciality is the word in BrE and specialty in AmE: • We had eaten nothing with the… …   Modern English usage

  • speciality — I noun badge, character, distinction, distinctive characteristic, distinctive mark, distinctive quality, distinctiveness, feature, identification, individual characteristic, individual trait, individuality, mark, oddity, particularity,… …   Law dictionary

  • speciality — (chiefly N. Amer. & Medicine also specialty) ► NOUN (pl. specialities) 1) a pursuit, area of study, or skill to which someone has devoted themselves and in which they are expert. 2) a product for which a person or region is famous. 3) (usu.… …   English terms dictionary

  • speciality — [spesh΄ē al′ə tē] n. pl. specialities [ME specialite < OFr specialité] chiefly Brit. var. of SPECIALTY …   English World dictionary

  • speciality — ▪ I. speciality spe‧ci‧al‧i‧ty 1 [ˌspeʆiˈælti] noun specialities PLURALFORM [countable] a subject or skill that you know a lot about or have a lot of experience of; = SPECIALTY AmE: • My speciality is international tax law.   [m0] ▪ …   Financial and business terms

  • speciality — [[t]speʃiæ̱lɪti[/t]] specialities 1) N COUNT Someone s speciality is a particular type of work that they do most or do best, or a subject that they know a lot about. [mainly BRIT] My father was a historian of repute. His speciality was the… …   English dictionary

  • speciality */ — UK [ˌspeʃɪˈælətɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms speciality : singular speciality plural specialities 1) a) a food or drink that a person, a restaurant, or a region is well known for and that you cannot always get in other places The menu… …   English dictionary

  • Speciality — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Speciality >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 1 =>{opp,78,} speciality specialite Sgm: N 1 individuality individuality individuity| Sgm: N 1 particularity particularity peculiarity Sgm: N 1 idiocrasy idiocrasy …   English dictionary for students

  • speciality — (BrE) (also specialty AmE, BrE) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ local, regional ▪ house ▪ The drink is a house speciality prepared at the table. SPECIALITY/SPECIALTY + NOUN …   Collocations dictionary

  • speciality — spe|ci|al|i|ty [ˌspeʃiˈælıti] n plural specialities BrE 1.) a type of food that a person, restaurant, or area is well known for American Equivalent: specialty ▪ The restaurant offers a wide variety of local specialities. ▪ the region s speciality …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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