quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce quality (audio) \
plural qualities

Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : peculiar and essential character : nature her ethereal quality— Gay Talese
b : an inherent feature : property had a quality of stridence, dissonance— Roald Dahl
c : capacity, role in the quality of reader and companion— Joseph Conrad
2a : degree of excellence : grade the quality of competing air serviceCurrent Biography
b : superiority in kind merchandise of quality
3a : social status : rank
4a : a distinguishing attribute : characteristic possesses many fine qualities
b archaic : an acquired skill : accomplishment
5 : the character in a logical proposition of being affirmative or negative
6 : vividness of hue
7a : timbre
b : the identifying character of a vowel sound determined chiefly by the resonance of the vocal chambers in uttering it
8 : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

quality

adjective

Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: being of high quality

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Noun

quality, property, character, attribute mean an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified. quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic. material with a silky quality property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species. the property of not conducting heat character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class. remarks of an unseemly character attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being. the attributes of a military hero

Examples of quality in a Sentence

Noun Honesty is a desirable quality. Stubbornness is one of his bad qualities. She has strong leadership qualities. The house has many fine qualities. His music has a primitive quality. They offer quality at a reasonable price. Adjective The restaurant offers quality service. The store sells quality furniture at reasonable prices. It can be difficult to find quality childcare. He had a quality education.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rebels coach Lane Kiffin sees a Tulane team that plays with energy, is well coached and has quality depth. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2021 And Mizzou has produced three quality backups: Blaine Gabbert, Chase Daniel, and Drew Lock. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 In its early season success, Notre Dame Prep has shown a quality mix of skills and athleticism with a mostly young group. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 18 Sep. 2021 The Sun Devils, who have emerged as early South Division favorites along with UCLA, will try to get a quality non-conference victory on the road. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2021 The other easy job here is to play quarterback for the Rams, with receivers streaking open against a Colts team short on quality cornerbacks. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Sep. 2021 The fine was the ninth issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to Owens-Brockway for air quality violations since 2004. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Air quality metrics are collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. William P. Barrett, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 But Washington State has two quality running backs in Max Borghi and Deon McIntosh, each averaging over 5.5 yards per carry. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Nonetheless, access to quality financial literacy courses remains uneven in the U.S., and fewer than half of states require them for graduation. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Again, as unimpressive as Gasol may appear to be on the visual test, the guy remains a quality two-way player who clearly affects the Lakers’ other rotation players in a positive way. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 To that end, highlighting quality Mexican ingredients like corn and coffee is also part of the team’s mission. Ferron Salniker, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2021 The youth economic bill of rights includes banking access, quality financial education, financial coaches, affordable higher education, a guaranteed income, and the right to participate in policymaking. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2021 But Italy and Germany both figure to be relatively quality foes for the Australians and Nigerians in Group B, with multiple NBA players around the roster. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 July 2021 Human agents alone cannot meet the demand in a consistently highly-quality way. Vivek Ahuja, Forbes, 7 July 2021 For anyone unacquainted with Made In Cookware, the brand offers pro-quality kitchenware at a much lower price point than other premium brands. Sholeen Damarwala, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The new models are fitted with Premier Audio DACs from SABRE which can deliver exceptionally low signal-to-noise ratio and up to 120 dB dynamic range for pro-quality audio. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of quality

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quality

Noun

Middle English qualite, from Anglo-French qualité, from Latin qualitat-, qualitas, from qualis of what kind; akin to Latin qui who — more at who

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The first known use of quality was in the 14th century

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20 Sep 2021

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“Quality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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quality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: how good or bad something is
: a characteristic or feature that someone or something has : something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing
: a high level of value or excellence

quality

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good or excellent
: intended for people who are educated and who care about serious matters

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce quality (audio) \
plural qualities

Kids Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : what sets a person or thing apart : characteristic We must advertise Wilbur's noble qualities— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
2 : how good or bad something is The food is of excellent quality.
3 : a high standard : excellence His skill shows in the quality of his work.

quality

adjective

Kids Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good : excellent quality work quality chocolate

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty | \ ˈkwäl-ət-ē How to pronounce quality (audio) \
plural qualities

Medical Definition of quality

: a special or distinguishing attribute: as
a : timbre
b : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation
c : the character of an X-ray beam that determines its penetrating power and is dependent upon its wavelength distribution

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quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty
plural qualities

Legal Definition of quality

1 : a special, distinctive, or essential character: as
a : a character, position, or role assumed those acts of ownership, which the person called to the succession can only do in quality of heirLouisiana Civil Code
b : the character of an estate as determined by the manner in which it is to be held or enjoyed
2 : degree of excellence made no warranties as to the product's quality

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