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 Leaders of more than 150 New York City corporations and financial firms called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to pay more attention to a declining quality of life, as the city struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged its economy. Henry Goldman, Bloomberg.com, "NYC Business Leaders Urge Mayor to Fix Degraded City Services," 10 Sep. 2020 Diagnosing dementia early can lead to a much greater quality of life for people with dementia and their families. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Covid tests for everyone in advance of holiday visit," 10 Sep. 2020 Black women often receive a lower quality of care, giving birth in hospitals that predominantly serve Black patients and consistently perform poorly on birth outcomes. Tiffany Onyejiaka, Glamour, "Black Maternal Mortality Is Already a Crisis—Climate Change Is Making It Worse," 9 Sep. 2020 There is a paradoxical quality to interviews these days. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Selena Gomez Is in Full Control of Her Life," 9 Sep. 2020 And then finally, there was just the abysmally poor quality of leadership, both domestic and international, in the United States. CBS News, "Historian Hal Brands on COVID-19's effect on world order," 9 Sep. 2020 There's a mystical quality to PEN15, Hulu's spectacular sitcom about middle-school friendship. Darren Franich, EW.com, "PEN15 season 2 is a marvel of middle school terror and wonder: Review," 8 Sep. 2020 This plot twist has a fairy-tale quality: Vittoria is a jealous fairy godmother whose legacy was spurned. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Making Order of the Breakdown," 8 Sep. 2020 Abloh managed to take the essence of the G-Class and update it to fit the trend du jour—a quality that appealed to the storied car manufacturer. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virgil Abloh Redesigns Mercedes-Benz’s Iconic G-Class Race Car," 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The state features quality public lands in every county, including state wildlife and fisheries areas, plus national, state, and county forests. Brian Lovett, Field & Stream, "How and Where to Kill a Whitetail Deer on Public Land," 1 Sep. 2020 Perry and Bloom used their personal milestone to call attention to underprivileged mothers and children who don't have access to quality medical care, especially during the pandemic. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom welcome baby girl Daisy Dove Bloom: 'Floating with love'," 27 Aug. 2020 High-speed tabulators can cost $35,000 or more, while costs for quality high-speed letter openers can be in the $2,000 range, leaving larger jurisdictions or clerks with bigger budgets in a better spot. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan clerks: What we need to count absentee ballots in November," 9 Aug. 2020 The households least likely to have the two things necessary for quality virtual learning to take place — a computer and high-speed internet — are low-income households. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "'This is hell': Parents and kids hate online classes. Going back to school likely will include more of it.," 29 June 2020 Meanwhile, Katherine Dunn delves into British cinema operators’ quest to reopen their doors and finds some theater owners are worried about a shortage of quality new films to bring in customers next month. David Meyer, Fortune, "The big question now is how to reopen," 25 June 2020 The original Comal Next Door opened in Berkeley in 2018, bringing Comal’s same commitment to quality local ingredients to a more affordable taqueria format. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Comal Next Door opens new Oakland restaurant next week," 19 June 2020 This is the most organized, beautifully decorated, quality store in the Akron/Cleveland area. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Transitional Design reopens with great style: Talk of the Towns," 12 June 2020 Norris, 18, has good stuff but has struggled to throw consistent and quality strikes. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks tab prep pitcher Liam Norris in 3rd round," 11 June 2020

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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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Last Updated

19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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quality

noun
How to pronounce quality (audio)

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
British : 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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