- an essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute: the chemical qualities of alcohol.
- character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing: the quality of a sound.
- character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence: food of poor quality; silks of fine quality.
- high grade; superiority; excellence: wood grain of quality.
- a personality or character trait: kindness is one of her many good qualities.
- native excellence or superiority.
- an accomplishment or attainment.
- good or high social position: a man of quality.
- the superiority or distinction associated with high social position.
- Acoustics. the texture of a tone, dependent on its overtone content, that distinguishes it from others of the same pitch and loudness.
- Phonetics. the tonal color, or timbre, that characterizes a particular vowel sound.
- Logic. the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative.
- Thermodynamics. the proportion or percentage of vapor in a mixture of liquid and vapor, as wet steam.
- social status or position.
- a person of high social position: He's quality, that one is.
- of or having superior quality: quality paper.
- producing or providing products or services of high quality or merit: a quality publisher.
- of or occupying high social status: a quality family.
- marked by a concentrated expenditure of involvement, concern, or commitment: Counselors are urging that working parents try to spend more quality time with their children.
Origin of quality
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Examples from the Web for quality
The economy has begun to add jobs, but the quality of those jobs is an increasing concern.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
The quality of the music is a major factor in this recent surge.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet
December 28, 2014
In the midst of the clubbiness, there is a heimishe (Yiddish for familiar, old school) quality.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
December 26, 2014
First, we need to change the debate—to focus at least as much on the quality of resources as the quantity.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
Cuban cigars are world-renowned for their quality and craftsmanship, and Americans have loved this major Cuban export for decades.Cigar Dealers Light Up Over Cuba News
December 17, 2014
Their names often signified some quality of a horse; as Leucippus, a white horse, &c.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Having never tasted it, I can bear no testimony to its quality.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
My conception of the love of God lacked just that quality—intensity.
This says nothing of the quality of my work, which, humble as it may be, is simply the best I know how to do.
How can the quality of eggs be determined: (a) in the market?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- a distinguishing characteristic, property, or attribute
- the basic character or nature of something
- a trait or feature of personality
- degree or standard of excellence, esp a high standard
- (formerly) high social status or the distinction associated with it
- musical tone colour; timbre
- logic the characteristic of a proposition that is dependent on whether it is affirmative or negative
- phonetics the distinctive character of a vowel, determined by the configuration of the mouth, tongue, etc, when it is articulated and distinguished from the pitch and stress with which it is uttered
- (modifier) having or showing excellence or superioritya quality product
Word Origin and History for quality
c.1300, "temperament, character, disposition," from Old French qualite "quality, nature, characteristic" (12c., Modern French qualité), from Latin qualitatem (nominative qualitas) "a quality, property; nature, state, condition" (said [Tucker, etc.] to have been coined by Cicero to translate Greek poiotes), from qualis "what kind of a," from PIE pronomial base *kwo- (see who).
Meaning "degree of goodness" is late 14c. Meaning "social rank, position" is c.1400. Noun phrase quality time first recorded 1977. Quality of life is from 1943. Quality control first attested 1935.