Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Specialty

Spe′cial-ty

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Specialties
(#)
.
[F.
spécialit
é. Cf.
Speciality
.]
1.
Particularity.
Specialty
of rule hath been neglected.
Shakespeare
2.
A particular or peculiar case.
[Obs.]
3.
(Law)
A contract or obligation under seal; a contract by deed; a writing, under seal, given as security for a debt particularly specified.
Chitty.
Bouvier.
Wharton (Law Dict.).
Let
specialties
be therefore drawn between us.
Shakespeare
4.
That for which a person is distinguished, in which he is specially versed, or which he makes an object of special attention; a speciality.
Men of boundless knowledge, like Humbold, must have had once their
specialty
, their pet subject.
C. Kingsley.

Webster 1828 Edition


Specialty

SPECIALTY

, n.
1.
Particularity. specialty of rule hat been neglected.
2.
A particular or peculiar case. Note. This word is now little used in the senses above. Its common acceptation is,
3.
A special contract; an obligation or bond; the evidence of a debt by deed or instrument under seal. Such a debt is called a debt by specialty, in distinction from simple contract.

Definition 2022


specialty

specialty

English

Alternative forms

Noun

specialty (plural specialties)

  1. That in which one specializes; a chosen expertise or talent.
    They cook well overall, but their true specialty is pasta.
    • Charles Kingsley:
      Men of boundless knowledge, like Humbold, must have had once their specialty, their pet subject.
  2. (obsolete) particularity
    • Shakespeare:
      Specialty of rule hath been neglected.
  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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wharton (Law Dict.) to this entry?)
    • Shakespeare
      Let specialties be therefore drawn between us.
    • Joseph Chitty
      [] 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 speciality, or to aver that the judgment was recovered before the defendant had notice of the plaintiff's demand []

Related terms

Translations