quality

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noun

qual·​i·​ty ˈkwä-lə-tē How to pronounce quality (audio)
plural qualities
1
a
: peculiar and essential character : nature
her ethereal qualityGay Talese
b
: an inherent feature : property
had a quality of stridence, dissonanceRoald Dahl
c
: capacity, role
in the quality of reader and companionJoseph Conrad
2
a
: degree of excellence : grade
the quality of competing air serviceCurrent Biography
b
: superiority in kind
merchandise of quality
3
a
: social status : rank
4
a
: 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
7
a
: 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

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adjective

: being of high quality
Choose the Right Synonym for quality

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
Reviews in the app store reflect your app's quality, functionality and user satisfaction, and influence your app's reputation and word-of-mouth. Uri Samet, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Some of the visuals had an alien quality, as if they were produced by AI. Barbara Lippert, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2024 Health care is convenient, according to limited data, and quality is average. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 11 Feb. 2024 The downside to that approach, of course, is the lack of permanence, boldness, commitment — all the qualities that an apathetic fan base would welcome. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 Good luck finding a quality head coach after most schools have picked the cupboard clean. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 In Bordeaux, premier cru, or first growth, indicates the highest level of vineyard quality, while in Burgundy, grand cru, or great growth, is the tier above premier cru. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024 Shaded coffee farms, for example, can serve as refuges that provide quality habitat for wildlife, Perfecto told Knowable magazine. Lesley Evans Ogden, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 The rear cameras can also capture video in 4K Ultra HD picture quality at up to 60fps. Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Explora offers guests a local dining experience, accompanied with quality Chilean wine pairings. Jessica Kelly, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2023 Thanks to Khloe Kardashian's jean line Good American, women across a range of shapes and sizes can own a pair of quality skinny jeans that feel and look good. Emily Cieslak, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 Among factors contributing to the rank: the state’s excellent reputation in higher education, a high median household income, low crime rates, and quality public schools. Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 12 Sep. 2023 Lan is constantly in need of things such as garnishing tools, dumpling boxes, steamer liners, parchment paper, and quality disposable plates. Debbi Compton, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2023 Many demographers expect that if quality secondary education became universal for African women, fertility would dramatically decline. Jack A. Goldstone, Foreign Affairs, 18 May 2023 Any guy who’s looking for professional quality (or at least near pro-quality) facial hair maintenance at home needs a good, reliable beard trimmer. Men's Health, 14 Feb. 2023 With this partnership, TME will continue to strengthen its in-depth collaboration with more music industry partners, bringing more quality original works and exciting performances to music lovers around the world. Billboard China, Billboard, 11 Apr. 2023 Universal Motor Clipper is a long-time fan favorite thanks to its bulletproof, pro-quality design. Men's Health, 14 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quality was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Quality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty
ˈkwäl-ət-ē
plural qualities
1
a
: basic and individual nature
a person with a kindly quality
b
: a basic characteristic
hardness is a quality of steel
2
: grade of excellence
food of high quality
3
: high social rank
marry a person of quality
4
: something that sets a person or thing apart
5
: timbre

Medical Definition

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty ˈkwäl-ət-ē How to pronounce quality (audio)
plural qualities
: 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

Legal Definition

quality

noun
qual·​i·​ty
plural qualities
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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