/spesh"euhl tee/, n., pl. specialties, adj.n.1. a special or distinctive quality, mark, state, or condition.2. a special subject of study, line of work, area of interest, or the like: His specialty is art criticism.3. an article or service particularly dealt in, rendered, manufactured, etc., or one to which the provider, dealer, or manufacturer claims to devote special care: The manufacturer's specialty is fine hats.4. an article of unusual or superior design or quality.5. a novelty; a new article.6. an article with such strong consumer demand that it is at least partially removed from price competition.7. a special or particular point, item, matter, characteristic, or peculiarity.8. Law.a. a special agreement, contract, etc., expressed in an instrument under seal.b. a negotiable instrument not under seal.adj.9. Theat. (in vaudeville)a. performing or performed in a manner that is unusual or not customary for a type of act, esp. a performance involving dexterity or ingenuity, as a patter song: specialty actor; specialty act.b. (of a song or dance) isolated from the rest of the show: specialty number.[1300-50; ME specialte < MF especialte < LL specialitas. See SPECIAL, -ITY]Syn. 3. trademark, stamp, badge, forte.
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