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

The quality of our thought and conversation about this is of particular interest to me, just as I’m excited by the possibilities that these changes offer. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Hanif Kureishi on How We Talk About Love and Sex," 15 July 2019 Player pay and the quality of training facilities are subpar. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Is there a path to pro women’s soccer in Colorado?," 12 July 2019 The image quality on the screen is absolutely gorgeous. Dallas News, "OnePlus 7 Pro is a flagship phone priced way below the competition," 11 July 2019 The last quality of life improvement are material islands, which are unlocked with gratitude points. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Dragon Quest Builders 2’ creates cohesive whole out of ‘Minecraft’ formula," 11 July 2019 Most importantly, managing the quality of products, especially perishable ones, is a challenge. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Grofers hopes to win India’s online grocery war with its low-priced, in-house brands," 10 July 2019 The quality of carbs is just as important as the amount, so choose from starchy veggies (like sweet potatoes and corn), beans, whole grains and fruit. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Overindulge this weekend? This 'Summer Mondays' routine will help you hit the reset button," 8 July 2019 The quality of football is beyond our wildest dreams. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "2019 World Cup could revolutionize women’s soccer globally," 7 July 2019 His plan gives the opposing parties a chance to visualize what the quality of life could be like when tensions subside. Fortune, "The Bahrain Conference: What the Experts and the Media Missed," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the Dover-New Philadelphia area, for example, half of households can’t get quality internet because of dense trees, said Frank Glaszner, vice president of sales and marketing for Watch Communications. cleveland.com, "Internet service to be available in rural parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois through Microsoft-Watch Communications partnership," 12 July 2019 Make sure the manufacturer controls the process from farm to shelf and uses quality raw materials to start with. Better Health Store, Detroit Free Press, "A 101 guide to understanding CBD," 26 June 2019 Jennifer Lopez‘s favorite concert prep is some quality family time. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Cuddles Up with Her 11-Year-Old Twins Max and Emme Ahead of Chicago Concert," 30 June 2019 There will be quality clashes in every event in Sunday’s Pre Classic. oregonlive.com, "Matthew Centrowitz faces his former Oregon Project teammates in the Pre Classic: Oregon track & field rundown," 28 June 2019 Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are quality long-term prospects, and Kuzma proved his scoring chops as a rookie and also has some value. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Examining the Biggest Ripple Effects of LeBron James's Decision to Join Lakers," 1 July 2018 Taking to Instagram to share a series of family photos and video clips, Kim Kardashian revealed that all three of her kids—North, Saint, and Chicago—were enjoying some quality family time over the holiday. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Spent Labor Day on the Beach with North, Saint, and Chicago," 3 Sep. 2018 The children would splash in the water, the adults would get quality time with the family patriarch. Cleve Wootson, chicagotribune.com, "A man went crabbing - and came back with flesh-eating bacteria that now threaten his life," 10 July 2018 The report estimates that there are 800,000 men and women unable to access quality fertility treatment. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018

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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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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
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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