Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A particular or peculiar case; a particularity.
  • noun (Law) See Specialty, 3.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An attribute or quality peculiar to a species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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From special +‎ -ity; compare specialise.

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