Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distinguishing mark or feature.
  • n. Special points of consideration; particulars.
  • n. Chiefly British A specialty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That in which one specialises; a chosen expertise or talent.
  • n. An attribute or quality peculiar to a species.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A particular or peculiar case; a particularity.
  • n. See Specialty, 3.
  • n. The special or peculiar mark or characteristic of a person or thing; that for which a person is specially distinguished; an object of special attention; a special occupation or object of attention; a specialty.
  • n. An attribute or quality peculiar to a species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A special characteristic or attribute; a distinctive feature, property, or quality; a condition or circumstance especially distinguishing a class or an individual.
  • n. A special matter or thing; a characteristic or distinctive object, pursuit, diversion, operation, product, or the like; a specialty. See specialty, 6.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the special line of work you have adopted as your career
  • n. an asset of special worth or utility
  • n. a distinguishing trait

Etymologies

From special +‎ -ity; compare specialise. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An academic whose research speciality is deep-sea fish, Mathilde, has a hobby of following people round the city.

    Book review

  • Anonymous said ... our speciality is in helping to inform consumers of tangled web that is auto insurance quotes information.

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  • I do rent a car twice or thrice a year when we need to visit various cemetaries, but outside these times I can manage shopping either just carrying stuff or getting home delivery; our speciality is going to a nearby Conan home centre and buying two or three trolleys full of kitchen and bathroom items, which we can get delivered to our door for just 800 yen.

    Over three-quarters feel cameras necessary on phones

  • Purists may be sceptical, especially as the company's speciality is Bacon Salt – motto: "Everything should taste like bacon."

    Salt and vinegar powder solves fish and chip conundrum

  • An epidemiologist and doctor whose speciality is infectious disease, he advocates the blunt instrument of regulation, often over the current public-health approach to most problems, which emphasizes education programs that encourage people to make healthy choices.

    Fat City

  • Like you, I am a consultant, but my area of speciality is adoption of competitive strategies based on statistical and scientific thinking.

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  • Q: Your speciality is social engineering, the manipulation of people so that they supply information that they shouldn't give.

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  • My annotations avoid only one subject, parallels of European folklore and fabliaux which, however interesting, would overswell the bulk of a book whose speciality is anthropology.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • You can sometimes get it in speciality liquor stores here.

    grapes and hops

  • One of the most perceptive comments on the nature of this crisis in research was made a few weeks ago by a colleague, Professor John Polanyi, one of Canada's most distinguished research chemists (his speciality is laser technology) and a person with considerable experience as a member of several National Research Council grants committees.

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