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

Membranous wings, which have veins that provide strength and reinforcement during flight, were thought to be an extremely rare quality among dinosaurs. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Whoa, Look at This Bird-Bat Dinosaur," 8 May 2019 Or the quality isn’t up to standards; the knees of leggings and khakis rip after just a few wears. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Maisonette Founders Are Launching a Private Label Collection of Everyday Essentials for Kids," 13 May 2019 Too Faced never fails to come out with cheeky products that are not only incredibly high quality but super-cute and fun to use, too. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Too Faced Dropped a Puppy-Themed Highlighter, and It's Almost Too Cute to Use," 8 May 2019 New York CBD is everywhere in New York City, but the quality is definitely cause for concern. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 Just like any holiday, Easter is a mix of delicious food, fun (egg-themed) activities, and quality time spent with family and friends. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "What's Open on Easter Sunday? Here's Where to Go for All of Your Last-Minute Needs," 5 Mar. 2019 The quality of catching depth in the organization is a problem. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners still looking to add another right-handed hitting catcher," 20 Feb. 2019 The model continues to balance engagement, quality, and practicality more consistently than any other car. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Water filtration is a hot topic in recent years, and more people are choosing to drink clean water through high quality filtration systems or via spring water. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could a Shower Filter Be the Missing Component to Your Wellness Routine?," 1 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Ayton needs to improve defensively but has all the tools to be a quality rim protector given time. azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Projecting all four Phoenix Suns NBA draft picks in 2018," 12 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Fort Worth’s ability to attract investment and economic development depends on its ability to maintain quality public services. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Here's how to make your vote count Saturday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 Kerry Abello was searching for an opportunity to play some quality soccer this summer before her sophomore season at Penn State. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, "Statement for the defense: Benet grad Kerry Abello learns new position with Red Stars Reserves," 23 June 2018 But for now, deep breath, Quintana has returned to being the consistent, reliable pitcher who can give a team a quality start in every start. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Jose Quintana looks like he's back to pitching like the Jose Quintana the Cubs traded for," 12 June 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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