WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
qual•i•ty /ˈkwɑlɪti/USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties,adj. 

  • [countable] an essential or basic characteristic or feature that belongs to something:What are some of the qualities found in great writing?
  • [uncountable] character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:the quality of a color.
  • [uncountable] character with respect to how excellent or good something is:Those materials are of poor quality.
  • [uncountable] superiority; excellence:The company has a reputation for quality.
  • [countable] a character trait;
    something typical of one's personality or character:Generosity is one of her many good qualities.

  • adj. [before a noun]
  • of or having superior quality:quality paper; a quality publisher.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    quality /ˈkwɒlɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
    1. a distinguishing characteristic, property, or attribute
    2. the basic character or nature of something
    3. a trait or feature of personality
    4. degree or standard of excellence, esp a high standard
    5. (formerly) high social status or the distinction associated with it
    6. musical tone colour; timbre
    7. the characteristic of a proposition that is dependent on whether it is affirmative or negative
    8. 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
    9. (modifier) having or showing excellence or superiority: a quality product
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French qualité, from Latin quālitās state, nature, from quālis of what sort

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