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



Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: being of high quality

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pringle also slammed Republicans at the time for arguing teachers should be treated as essential workers, arguing that the focus should be on improving the quality of remote learning. Fox News, 1 Aug. 2022 Her round face, which once had the quality of a mask, now had a soft and open look. Ian Mcewan, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 From there, the hoses were connected to water spigots so testers could see the quality of the fitting, as well as if there was any leakage. Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Aug. 2022 Hawkins oversaw the quality of his clothing line, which feels luxurious. Yolanda Baruch, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Having a dog has been shown to improve the quality of life for senior citizens, increasing their activity and socialization. Meg Dunn, CNN, 28 July 2022 Community leaders in the coalition are working to enhance quality of life, prevent displacement of residents and attract new ones by improving education, housing, public health, public safety and economic development. Lorraine Mirabella, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 The major areas of focus include STEM education, vehicle and road safety, community development and climate equity, all of which contribute to improving the quality of life for GM communities globally. Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 25 July 2022 These are tasks that improve patients’ quality of life. Wired, 24 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kelle Sanders developed into a solid JACK last season and looks to be joined on the outside by quality special teamers Nikia Eason Jr. and Kyle Harrell. Evan Dudley, al, 1 Aug. 2022 That’s really quality praise from an NBA head coach, especially for a 21-year-old rookie. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2022 Ultimately, poorer-quality duvet inserts could potentially leak feathers more quickly than high-end versions. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 His arrival adds quality depth in both of these positions for Conte. James Nalton, Forbes, 30 June 2022 As a teenager, Newman had local, quality reproductive health care, an impossibility for millions of people across America. Madison Feller, ELLE, 3 June 2022 The number of Americans choosing to go to college is steadily declining; perhaps process-inclined content can become a source of quality informal education. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The Australian guard has great size at 6-foot-6 and projects to be a quality two-way prospect at the next level. Nick Crain, Forbes, 8 June 2022 What the company does: Works to improve the lives of older adults through innovative, quality senior living communities and community services to older adults. The Enquirer, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of quality


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


1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quality


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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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.



Kids Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good : excellent quality work quality chocolate


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


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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