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 Predictions are for air quality to remain poor until Wednesday night. Washington Post, "Bad air doesn’t stop qualifying for Australian Open," 14 Jan. 2020 Here's what to expect The plan prioritizes five objectives: connectivity, safety, wellness and quality of life, community benefit and collaboration and education. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "This map reveals a lack of pedestrian-safe infrastructure in Central Indiana," 14 Jan. 2020 No, air quality has worsened under the Trump administration. Calvin Woodward, Fortune, "Fact Checking Trump’s Recent Claims on Iran, Jobs, and the Environment," 13 Jan. 2020 Smoke affecting practice Smoke haze and poor air quality caused by wildfires temporarily suspended practice sessions for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, but qualifying began later in the morning. BostonGlobe.com, "NHL to showcase women’s game during All-Star festivities," 13 Jan. 2020 There are already days when poor air quality and high temperatures force people inside or severe hurricanes, forest fires, heatwaves, and worse dominate TV broadcasts. Bridget Shirvell, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Talk to Kids About Climate Change in an Era of Climate Crisis," 10 Jan. 2020 Smoke from the fires is resulting in poor air quality, so areas not affected may still pose a health risk. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "US escalates travel warning for Australia in wake of 'one of the worst' bushfire seasons," 9 Jan. 2020 Fires have not ravaged major cities, but smoke has caused the air quality to decline in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney in particular. National Geographic, "Traveling to Australia? Here’s what you need to know," 8 Jan. 2020 The air quality is so bad in Mills’ hometown of Canberra, Australia’s capital city, residents have been warned to stay indoors. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Patty Mills calls fires in Australia ‘national crisis hard to comprehend’," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With that fishermen will not get a good price, as well as people, will not get quality fish. Haritha John, Quartz India, "Fish meal and fish oil industries are wiping out India’s marine resources," 8 Jan. 2020 From holiday parties to quality family time, there are plenty of moments where any celebrity can reach in their closet and grab a look that was dying to get out before the end of the year. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Dressed Celebrities This Christmas Season," 27 Dec. 2019 While Santa’s making his list and checking it twice, these celebrity families have put their busy schedules on pause to welcome quality family time. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "These Celebrity Christmas Photos Will Instantly Get You In The Holiday Spirit," 17 Dec. 2019 Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday with quality family time and dancing! Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "One Big Family! Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Celebrate Thanksgiving with Their Kids in L.A.," 29 Nov. 2019 Cafe Deth would be nothing without a quality base beer, and that’s just what Deth’s Tar is. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Drink Revolution’s new barrel-aged coffee beer soon — its freshness will fade," 14 Oct. 2019 Swvl and Little Shuttle allowed riders to book a seat and board at specific hours in dozens of routes across the capital using clean and quality vehicles. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Bus-hailing apps in Kenya are facing their first major regulatory challenge," 1 Oct. 2019 During the 1950s, however, quality Japanese products such as the Minolta and Pentax cameras entered the United States market, shifting American attitudes. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "How Honda survived a trade war with the US and won over Americans," 26 June 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality?src=search-dict-hed. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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quality

noun
How to pronounce quality (audio)

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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