Specialty vs Skill - What's the difference?

specialty | skill |

As nouns the difference between specialty and skill

is that specialty is that in which one specializes; a chosen expertise or talent while skill is capacity to do something well; technique, ability skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.

As a verb skill is

to set apart; separate.

As an adjective skill is

(uk|slang) great, excellent.



Alternative forms

* speciality


  • 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.
  • (obsolete) particularity
  • * Shakespeare:
  • Specialty of rule hath been neglected.
  • A particular or peculiar case.
  • An attribute or quality peculiar to a species.
  • (legal) A contract or obligation under seal; a contract by deed; a writing, under seal, given as security for a debt particularly specified.
  • (Bouvier)
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let specialties be therefore drawn between us.
  • * Joseph Chitty
  • skill


    (wikipedia skill)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) skilen (also schillen), partly from (etyl) scylian, .


    (en verb)
  • To set apart; separate.
  • (transitive, chiefly, dialectal) To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
  • * (rfdate) Herbert:
  • I can not skill of these thy ways.
  • To know; to understand.
  • * Barrow
  • to skill the arts of expressing our mind
  • To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.
  • To have personal or practical knowledge; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.
  • (archaic) To make a difference; signify; matter.
  • * (rfdate) Herbert:
  • What skills it, if a bag of stones or gold / About thy neck do drown thee?
  • * (rfdate) Sir Walter Scott:
  • It skills not talking of it.
    * (separate) split (call management systems)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) skill, skille (also schil, schile), from (etyl) .


  • Capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.
  • *
  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill .
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-12-06, author=(Simon Hoggart)
  • , volume=189, issue=26, page=43, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Araucaria's last puzzle: crossword master dies , passage=The skill was not in creating a grid full of words, but in producing clues cryptic enough to baffle the puzzler, yet constructed so honestly that they could be solved by any intelligent person who knew the conventions.}}
  • (lb) Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause.
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • (lb) Knowledge; understanding.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Nor want we skill or art.
  • :(Spenser)
  • (lb) Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address.
  • *(Thomas Fuller) (1606-1661)
  • *:Richardby a thousand princely skills , gathering so much corn as if he meant not to return.
  • Synonyms
    * ability * talent * See also
    Derived terms
    * skillset


  • (UK, slang) great, excellent
  • * 1987 , Teresa Maughan, Letters'' (in ''Your Sinclair issue 18, June 1987)
  • Well, unfortunately for you, my dearest Waggipoos, I'm much more skill than you!
  • * 1991 , Wreckers'' (video game review in ''Crash issue 88, May 1991)
  • This game is skill . Remember that because it's going to sound really complicated.
  • * 1999', "Andy Smith", ''I am well '''skill'' (on Internet newsgroup ''alt.digitiser )
  • And I am skiller than you.


    * kills


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