specialty

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French specialte, especialte, from Latin specialitas.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈspɛʃəlti/
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Noun[edit]

specialty (plural specialties)

  1. That in which one specializes; a chosen expertise or talent.
    They cook well overall, but their true specialty is pasta.
    • 1858, Charles Kingsley, “My Winter-Garden,” Fraser’s Magazine, Volume 57, p. 410,[1]
      Even men of boundless knowledge, like Humboldt, must have had once their speciality, their pet subject, or they would have, strictly speaking, no knowledge at all.
  2. (obsolete) Particularity.
  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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    • c. 1593,, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act I, Scene 1, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies, London, 1623, p. 215,[3]
      Let specialties be therefore drawne betweene vs,
      That couenants may be kept on either hand.
    • 1812, Joseph Chitty, A Treatise on Pleading, with a Collection of Practical Precedents, and Notes Thereon, 2nd American edition, edited by Thomas Day, New York, Volume 2, section 456, note c,[4]
      [] 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 specialty, or to aver that the judgment was recovered before the defendant had notice of the plaintiff’s demand.

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