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 An excellent price for the quality and location, in my opinion. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, "7 Of Italy’s Most Affordable And Beautiful Beach Resorts," 9 May 2021 The images get at that ethereal quality of not feeling like a whole person. The Atlantic, "The ‘Blurred Existence’ of Motherhood," 9 May 2021 This prompted a hard family conversation about quality of life. Washington Post, "How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners," 7 May 2021 Low confidence flags significant concerns about the quality of the sourcing underlying a judgment. New York Times, "Russian Spy Team Left Traces That Bolstered C.I.A.’s Bounty Judgment," 7 May 2021 Reviewers love the high quality and durability of this blanket. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Blanket Is My Favorite Beach Accessory," 7 May 2021 The city has hired ETC Institute to design and administer a formal, statistically valid citizen survey to gauge residents’ feelings on a variety of topics, including public safety, code enforcement, parks and recreation, streets and quality of life. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, "City of Elgin gearing up to do its first resident survey in four years to get feedback on safety, parks, streets, other services," 7 May 2021 We were impressed with the consistent quality in photo toning and cropping. ... Dallas News, "Student journalists win 30th annual Dallas Morning News awards for pandemic, social justice reporting," 4 May 2021 The search accuracy, the company claimed, is about 90%; in general, the accuracy of facial-recognition technology depends on many factors, such as the quality of face images that are fed into a system. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Anyone can use this powerful facial-recognition tool — and that's a problem," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Alpine skiing came to the Valley this winter in the form of the Skeetawk ski area, and since 2012 the Government Peak Ski Area at Hatcher Pass has provided quality race trails for nordic skiers. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Mat-Su will host 2024 Arctic Winter Games," 30 Apr. 2021 The trio of Jayden Baxter, Matthew Brown and Thompson all served as quality wide receivers and important members of the secondary on defense. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County fall JV programs navigate successful return after lengthy hiatus," 30 Apr. 2021 Darrisaw figures to be an immediate and quality starter, and Spielman can go after pass rushers and cornerbacks with his many remaining picks. Jim Souhan, Star Tribune, "If Aaron Rodgers leaves Packers, it would change everything in NFC North," 30 Apr. 2021 Savvy Swap Consignments in Portland generously donated quality clean women’s clothing in sizes XS to XL, accessories, and children’s clothing to be sold to benefit the rescue. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 23 Apr. 2021 Made from quality raw materials, this was made with minimal wastage. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Electric Wax Warmer," 20 Apr. 2021 The underlying theme is quality fresh food at all the eateries, said Searcy, who sought advice from Eric Rogers at Black Box Fix and others, to learn the ropes of the restaurant business. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Sauce the City Cleveland food hall takes mentoring approach in former Ohio City Galley space," 20 Apr. 2021 Winning companies typically offer more than just competitive salaries, quality medical insurance and retirement with an employer match — although those are all important. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "You get more time to submit a nomination for Utah’s Top Workplaces," 16 Apr. 2021 One concern is that the amount of SPAC money hunting for merger candidates may exceed the number of quality private companies that could be scooped up. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Can Wall Street's bulls keep climbing a 'wall of worry'?," 18 Mar. 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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11 May 2021

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“Quality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality. Accessed 17 May. 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
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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