noun (plural -ties) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English specialte, from Anglo-French especialté, from Late Latin specialitat-, specialitas, from Latin specialis special Date: 15th century 1. a distinctive mark or quality 2. a. a special object or class of objects: 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

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