A specialty is someone's strong suit or area of expertise. A restaurant’s best dish would be its specialty. If you love baking muffins, make that your specialty.

Magic Johnson was a great overall basketball player, but his specialty was passing the ball to teammates and getting assists. A specialty is a skill, strength, or asset someone has because of hard work. A doctor can have a specialty such as cardiology. A restaurant will usually have a specialty, which is a unique meal they're known for making. Just like special things have something unique or great about them, specialties are something a person or place does well.

Definitions of specialty

n an asset of special worth or utility

forte, long suit, metier, speciality, strength, strong point, strong suit
weak point
an attribute that is inadequate or deficient
green fingers, green thumb
a special ability to make plants grow
Type of:
asset, plus
a useful or valuable quality

n the special line of work you have adopted as your career

specialisation, specialism, speciality, specialization
Type of:
calling, career, vocation
the particular occupation for which you are trained

n a distinguishing trait

distinctiveness, peculiarity, speciality, specialness
foible, idiosyncrasy, mannerism
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
Type of:
individualism, individuality, individuation
the quality of being individual

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