Definitions for qualityˈkwɒl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

qual•i•ty*ˈkwɒl ɪ ti(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ties

  1. (n.)an essential characteristic, property, or attribute:

    the qualities found in great writing.

  2. character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:

    the quality of a color.

  3. character with respect to grade of excellence or fineness:

    materials of poor quality.

  4. superiority; excellence:

    a reputation for quality.

  5. a personality or character trait:

    Generosity is one of her many good qualities.

  6. an accomplishment or attainment.

  7. high social position:

    a man of quality.

  8. Category: Physics

    Ref: timbre (def. 1). 1

  9. the tonal color, or timbre, that characterizes a particular vowel sound.

    Category: Phonetics

  10. Logic. the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative.

    Category: Philosphy

  11. social status or position.

  12. a person or persons of high social position.

  13. (adj.)of or having superior quality:

    quality paper.

  14. producing or providing products or services of high quality:

    a quality publisher.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Syn: quality , attribute , property refer to a distinguishing feature or characteristic of a person, thing, or group. A quality is an innate or acquired characteristic that, in some particular, determines the nature and behavior of a person or thing: the qualities of patience and perseverance. An attribute is a quality that we assign or ascribe to a person or to something personified; it may also mean a fundamental or innate characteristic: an attribute of God; attributes of a logical is applied only to a thing; it refers to a principal characteristic that is part of the constitution of a thing and serves to define or describe it: the physical properties of limestone.

Origin of quality:

1250–1300; ME qualite < OF < L quālitās=quāl(is) of what sort +-itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quality(noun)

    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

    "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare

  2. quality, caliber, calibre(noun)

    a degree or grade of excellence or worth

    "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"

  3. quality, character, lineament(noun)

    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

    "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"

  4. timbre, timber, quality, tone(noun)

    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

    "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

  5. quality(adj)

    high social status

    "a man of quality"

  6. choice, prime(a), prize, quality, select(adj)

    of superior grade

    "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"

  7. quality(adj)

    of high social status

    "people of quality"; "a quality family"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. quality(noun)ˈkwɒl ɪ ti

    the standard or level of sth

    good/bad quality; high/low quality; quality of life; air quality

  2. qualityˈkwɒl ɪ ti

    a feature or characteristic

    Maya has many good personal qualities.; What are the qualities of an effective survey?

  3. qualityˈkwɒl ɪ ti

    a high standard

    Does a high price guarantee quality?


  1. quality(Noun)

    Level of excellence

  2. quality(Noun)

    The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like.

    To identify quality try asking, "what does it feel like?".

  3. quality(Noun)

    A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person.

  4. quality(Noun)

    In a two-phase liquid-vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.

  5. quality(Noun)

    High social position. (See also the quality.)

  6. quality(Noun)

    The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items.

  7. quality(Adjective)

    Being of good worth, well made, fit for purpose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quality(noun)

    the condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank

  2. Quality(noun)

    special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position

  3. Quality(noun)

    that which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman

  4. Quality(noun)

    an acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition

  5. Quality(noun)

    superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character


  1. Quality

    Quality in business, engineering and manufacturing has a pragmatic interpretation as the non-inferiority or superiority of something; it is also defined as fitness for purpose. Quality is a perceptual, conditional and somewhat subjective attribute and may be understood differently by different people. Consumers may focus on the specification quality of a product/service, or how it compares to competitors in the marketplace. Producers might measure the conformance quality, or degree to which the product/service was produced correctly. Support personnel may measure quality in the degree that a product is reliable, maintainable, or sustainable. Simply put, a quality item has the ability to perform satisfactorily in service and is suitable for its intended purpose. There are five aspects of quality in a business context: ⁕Producing - providing something. ⁕Checking - confirming that something has been done correctly. ⁕Quality Control - controlling a process to ensure that the outcomes are predictable. ⁕Quality Management – directing an organisation so that it optimises its performance through analysis and improvement. ⁕Quality Assurance – obtaining confidence that a product or service will be satisfactory.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quality' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #585

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quality' in Written Corpus Frequency: #820

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quality' in Nouns Frequency: #201

Translations for quality

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the extent to which something has features which are good or bad etc, especially features which are good

We produce several different qualities of paper; In this firm, we look for quality rather than quantity; (also adjective) quality goods.

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