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 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
2
a
: degree of excellence : grade
the quality of competing air service Current 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

Example Sentences

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
The Index measures Rhode Islanders’ perceptions of numerous quality-of-life issues that impact health. Martha L. Wofford, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Nov. 2022 The four unions that have rejected their deals have been pressing for the railroads to add that benefit to help address workers’ quality of life concerns, but the railroads had refused to consider that. Josh Funk, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2022 The four unions that have rejected their deals have been pressing for the railroads to add that benefit to help address workers' quality of life concerns, but the railroads had refused to consider that. Josh Funk, ajc, 29 Nov. 2022 This can affect the ease of use of the rice cooker and may change the quality of results. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 29 Nov. 2022 In terms of the content Disney produces, Iger returned to his emphasis of quality over quantity. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2022 This is especially useful for Johnson, who has been using three-second negatives in a wide array of his lifts, placing the muscles under tension for a greater length of time to create the maximum quality of eccentric contraction. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 27 Nov. 2022 Ulyate declines to comment or speculate on what might be next in a series of Petty archival digs that could go on for many years, given what is known or believed to be in the vault and of top quality. Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Nov. 2022 Moreover, the low quality of concrete and the poor steel reinforcing makes these structures increasingly susceptible to collapsing during a quake – while causing maximum injury owing to the weight of the materials, the report said. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Her creations also were featured in one of the incarnations of the Launch Test Kitchen in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which emphasizes quality local chefs. Marc Bona, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2022 Shen initially stirred excitement as an obtainable, quality scientific specimen. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 Want to achieve pro-quality facial results at home? Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 15 Nov. 2022 As public-health experts note, Black Americans are less likely to have access to quality medical care and primary-care physicians. Wesley Lowery, Men's Health, 18 Nov. 2022 Willow on the Green, the Inner Sunset’s stop for quality British cheeses and specialty foods, is plotting a big move that would bring full English breakfasts and a lot more pies to the neighborhood. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2022 Chef Esther Choi carries on love for quality Korean food Fork. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 20 Oct. 2022 For now, Birmingham plays in the second division of American soccer, but in a way the team is run more like a quality European club than any of the teams in Major League Soccer. Joseph Goodman, al, 19 Oct. 2022 Traders seem to be craving quality blue chips that offer steady (and often growing) dividends. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 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 4 Dec. 2022.

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 heir Louisiana 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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