noun, plural qual·i·ties.
Origin of quality
Synonyms for quality
Related Words for qualitykind, nature, trait, character, element, aspect, condition, capacity, variety, excellence, sort, individuality, essence, constitution, savor, attribute, make, endowment, mark, peculiarity
Examples from the Web for quality
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of quality
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
noun plural -ties
Word Origin 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.