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 players like Krieger along with other U.S. women’s national team standouts and European players who play at an international level has brought the league into the spotlight. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride star Ali Krieger rips referees, NWSL following loss to Houston," 12 Aug. 2019 What was remarkable to me was the quality of her attention, her devotion to the continuity of the teacher-student relationship. The New Yorker, "Toni Morrison, Remembered By Writers," 10 Aug. 2019 The state Office of Health Strategy launched a new tool to help consumers compare the quality and cost of medical care at 19 of the state’s health care organizations. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Will Connecticut ever get a third casino?," 9 Aug. 2019 And the quality of the training given to the sailors in the unit had suffered. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.," 9 Aug. 2019 Woods had played only 17 official tournaments after his first back surgery in April 2014, and the fusion surgery was as much about quality of life as golf. Doug Ferguson, baltimoresun.com, "Tiger Woods withdraws from Northern Trust, citing oblique strain," 9 Aug. 2019 Participants were asked to rate their levels of optimism on a scale of 1-10 and then report on their sleep quality and duration. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Study Finds that Optimists May Sleep Better and Longer," 8 Aug. 2019 For example, the fact that many astronauts are firstborns does not necessarily speak to the special qualities of those born first. Corinna Hartmann, Scientific American, "Does Birth Order Affect Personality?," 8 Aug. 2019 The tracker is able to monitor your heart rate and sleep quality, as well as count your steps, calories burned, and distance moved throughout the day. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "This Fitness Tracker Has More Five-Star Reviews Than the Fitbit on Amazon — and It’s Only $30," 31 July 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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