Etymology
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specialty (n.)

c. 1300, "particular affection; special attachment or favor, partiality," from Old French especialte, more vernacular form of specialite (see speciality). Compare personalty/personality; realty/reality. From early 15c. as "unusual, or extraordinary thing; specialized branch of learning; peculiar quality, distinctive characteristic."

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Definitions of specialty

specialty (n.)
an asset of special worth or utility;
Synonyms: forte / strong suit / long suit / metier / speciality / strong point / strength
specialty (n.)
a distinguishing trait;
Synonyms: peculiarity / specialness / speciality / distinctiveness
specialty (n.)
the special line of work you have adopted as your career;
Synonyms: specialization / specialisation / speciality / specialism
From wordnet.princeton.edu