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From Old French specialte, especialte, from Latin specialitas.



specialty (plural specialties)

  1. That in which one specializes; a chosen expertise or talent.
    They cook well overall, but their true specialty is pasta.
    • Charles Kingsley:
      Men of boundless knowledge, like Humbold, must have had once their specialty, their pet subject.
  2. (obsolete) particularity
    • Shakespeare:
      Specialty of rule hath been neglected.
  3. A particular or peculiar case.
  4. An attribute or quality peculiar to a species.
  5. (law) A contract or obligation under seal; a contract by deed; a writing, under seal, given as security for a debt particularly specified.
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    • Shakespeare
      Let specialties be therefore drawn between us.
    • Joseph Chitty
      [] in a plea to an action of debt on specialty, it is still necessary to show that the debt on which the judgment was recovered was a speciality, or to aver that the judgment was recovered before the defendant had notice of the plaintiff's demand []

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