noun, plural qual·i·ties.
Origin of quality
Examples from the Web for quality
The economy has begun to add jobs, but the quality of those jobs is an increasing concern.
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|Stereo Williams|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, we need to change the debate—to focus at least as much on the quality of resources as the quantity.
Cuban cigars are world-renowned for their quality and craftsmanship, and Americans have loved this major Cuban export for decades.
The climate of Cumberland does not overpower one—the air is of a quality that urges you on to think and do.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
If you had said or implied she was a lady, she would have shrunk as from a covert reflection on the quality of her work.The Flight of the Shadow|George MacDonald
They estimate the efficacy of prayer by its quantity and not by its quality.Wit and Humor of the Bible|Marion D. Shutter
I see the answer in your face: it is the quality of being Sure-Footed.The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices|Charles Dickens
The color of the feathers does not seem to affect the quality of the flesh or their character for laying.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for quality
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for quality
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.