Definition of specialty in US English:


(British speciality)


  • 1A pursuit, area of study, or skill to which someone has devoted much time and effort and in which they are expert.

    ‘his specialty was watercolors’
    1. 1.1 A particular branch of medicine or surgery.
    2. 1.2 A product, especially a type of food, that a person or region is famous for making well.
      ‘the local specialties are all seafood’
    3. 1.3as modifier Meeting particular tastes or needs.
      ‘specialty potatoes for salads’
  • 2Law
    A contract under seal.


Middle English (denoting special affection or attachment): shortening of Old French especialte, from especial (see special).