- 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
- the characteristic of a proposition that is dependent on whether it is affirmative or negative
- 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 superiority: a quality product
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- an essential or basic characteristic or feature that belongs to something:[countable]What are some of the qualities found in great writing?
- character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:[uncountable]the quality of a color.
- character with respect to how excellent or good something is:[uncountable]Those materials are of poor quality.
excellence:[uncountable]The company has a reputation for quality.
- a character trait;
something typical of one's personality or character:[countable]Generosity is one of her many good qualities.
adj. [before a noun]
- of or having superior quality:quality paper; a quality publisher.
- 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;
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.
- Physics[Acoustics.]the texture of a tone, dependent on its overtone content, that distinguishes it from others of the same pitch and loudness.
- Phoneticsthe tonal color, or timbre, that characterizes a particular vowel sound.
- Philosophy[Logic.]the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative.
- Thermodynamicsthe 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.
- Latin quālitās, equivalent. to quāl(is) of what sort + -itās -ity
- Old French
- Middle English qualite 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trait, character, feature. Quality, attribute, property agree in meaning a particular characteristic (of a person or thing). A quality is a characteristic, innate or acquired, that, in some particular, determines the nature and behavior of a person or thing:naturalness as a quality; the quality of meat.An attribute was originally a quality attributed, usually to a person or something personified;
more recently it has meant a fundamental or innate characteristic:an attribute of God; attributes of a logical mind.Property applies only to things;
it means a characteristic belonging specifically in the constitution of, or found (invariably) in, the behavior of a thing:physical properties of uranium or of limestone.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged nature, kind, grade, sort, condition.