noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwä-lə-tē\

: how good or bad something is

: a characteristic or feature that someone or something has : something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing

: a high level of value or excellence

plural qual·i·ties

Full Definition of QUALITY

a :  peculiar and essential character :  nature <her ethereal quality — Gay Talese>
b :  an inherent feature :  property <had a quality of stridence, dissonance — Roald Dahl>
c :  capacity, role <in the quality of reader and companion — Joseph Conrad>
a :  degree of excellence :  grade <the quality of competing air service — Current Biography>
b :  superiority in kind <merchandise of quality>
a :  social status :  rank
b :  aristocracy
a :  a distinguishing attribute :  characteristic <possesses many fine qualities>
b archaic :  an acquired skill :  accomplishment
:  the character in a logical proposition of being affirmative or negative
:  vividness of hue
a :  timbre
b :  the identifying character of a vowel sound determined chiefly by the resonance of the vocal chambers in uttering it
:  the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

Origin of QUALITY

Middle English qualite, from Anglo-French qualité, from Latin qualitat-, qualitas, from qualis of what kind; akin to Latin qui who — more at who
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of QUALITY

quality, property, character, attribute mean an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified. quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic <material with a silky quality>. property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species <the property of not conducting heat>. character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class <remarks of an unseemly character>. attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being <the attributes of a military hero>.

Rhymes with QUALITY



: very good or excellent

: intended for people who are educated and who care about serious matters

Full Definition of QUALITY

:  being of high quality

First Known Use of QUALITY


Related to QUALITY

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, excellent, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
QUALITY[1] Defined for Kids


noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwä-lə-tē\
plural qual·i·ties

Definition of QUALITY for Kids

:  what sets a person or thing apart :  characteristic <We must advertise Wilbur's noble qualities … — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web>
:  how good or bad something is <The food is of excellent quality.>
:  a high standard :  excellence <His skill shows in the quality of his work.>



Definition of QUALITY for Kids

:  very good :  excellent <quality work> <quality chocolate>
Medical Dictionary


noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwäl-ət-ē\
plural qual·i·ties

Medical Definition of QUALITY

:  a special or distinguishing attribute: as a :  timbre b :  the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation c :  the character of an X-ray beam that determines its penetrating power and is dependent upon its wavelength distribution


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