What does quality mean?

Definitions for quality
ˈkwɒl ɪ tiqual·i·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word quality.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. qualitynoun

    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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

  2. quality, caliber, calibrenoun

    a degree or grade of excellence or worth

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

  3. quality, character, lineamentnoun

    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, tonenoun

    (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. qualityadjective

    high social status

    "a man of quality"

  6. choice, prime(a), prize, quality, selectadjective

    of superior grade

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

  7. qualityadjective

    of high social status

    "people of quality"; "a quality family"


  1. qualitynoun

    Level of excellence

  2. qualitynoun

    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. qualitynoun

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

  4. qualitynoun

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

  5. qualitynoun

    High social position. (See also the quality.)

  6. qualitynoun

    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. qualityadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Qualitynoun

    Etymology: qualitas, Lat. qualitè, Fr.

    These, being of a far other nature and quality, are not so strictly or everlastingly commanded in scripture. Richard Hooker.

    Other creatures have not judgment to examine the quality of that which is done by them, and therefore in that they do, they neither can accuse nor approve themselves. Richard Hooker.

    Since the event of an action usually follows the nature or quality of it, and the quality follows the rule directing it, it concerns a man, in the framing of his actions, not to be deceived in the rule. South.

    The power to produce any idea in our mind, I call quality of the subject, wherein that power is. John Locke.

    In the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most; for qualities are so weighed, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either’s moiety. William Shakespeare.

    No sensible qualities, as light and colour, heat and sound, can be subsistent in the bodies themselves absolutely considered, without a relation to our eyes and ears, and other organs of sense: these qualities are only the effects of our sensation, which arise from the different motions upon our nerves from objects without, according to their various modification and position. Richard Bentley.

    O, mickle is the powerful grace, that lies
    In plants, herbs, stones, and their true qualities. William Shakespeare.

    To-night we’ll wander through the streets, and note
    The qualities of people. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    One doubt remains, said I, the dames in green,
    What were their qualities, and who their queen? Dryden.

    He had those qualities of horsemanship, dancing and fencing, which accompany a good breeding. Edward Hyde.

    The attorney of the dutchy of Lancaster partakes of both qualities, partly of a judge in that court, and partly of an attorney general. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    We, who are hearers, may be allowed some opportunities in the quality of standers-by. Jonathan Swift.

    It is with the clergy, if their persons be respected, even as it is with other men; their quality many times far beneath that which the dignity of their place requireth. Richard Hooker.

    We lived most joyful, obtaining acquaintance with many of the city, not of the meanest quality. Francis Bacon.

    The masters of these horses may be admitted to dine with the lord lieutenant: this is to be done, what quality soever the persons are of. William Temple.

    Let him be so entertained, as suits with gentlemen of your knowing to a stranger of his quality. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my feathers, that the quality may see how pretty they will look in their travelling habits. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 112.

    Of all the servile herd, the worst is he,
    That in proud dullness joins with quality,
    A constant critick at the great man’s board,
    To fetch and carry nonsense for my lord. Alexander Pope.


  1. quality

    Quality can be defined as the degree to which a product, service, or process meets or exceeds customer expectations and requirements. It is a measure of excellence or superiority in terms of performance, durability, reliability, safety, efficiency, effectiveness, features, aesthetics, and overall satisfaction as perceived by the customer. Achieving and maintaining quality often involves consistent adherence to established standards, specifications, and best practices throughout the entire lifecycle of a product or service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Qualitynoun

    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. Qualitynoun

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

  3. Qualitynoun

    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. Qualitynoun

    an acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition

  5. Qualitynoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quality

    kwol′i-ti, n. that which makes a thing what it is: property: peculiar power: acquisition: character: rank: superior birth or character: (logic) the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative: (Shak.) character in respect to dryness or moisture, heat or cold: (Shak.) cause, occasion.—adj. Qual′itātive, relating to quality: (chem.) determining the nature of components.—adv. Qual′itātively.—adj. Qual′itied, furnished with qualities.—Accidental quality, a quality whose removal would not impair the identity of its subject, as opposed to an Essential quality; The quality, persons of high rank, collectively. [Fr.,—L. qualitas, qualitatis.]

Editors Contribution

  1. quality

    A standard of commodity, goods, products or services provided.

    The quality of the work was excellent and everyone was very happy with the outcomes.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

  2. quality

    An element of a persons natural soul.

    The girl and her husband have beautiful qualities in their souls.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

  3. quality

    The element or nature of an animal, human being or thing.

    Animals, human beings and things have different qualities.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quality in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of quality in a Sentence

  1. Abdirahman Mohamed Abdulle:

    The quality of students depends on the quality of the quality of teachers.

  2. Thiruman Archunan:

    Good and bad are not of different kinds but only vary in degree; both vary in quantity not in quality. There is nothing called quality but only a variation in quantity; a quality is an effect of varying quantities. This way a good becomes bad at a limiting point that is known to us; but a bad already became bad at a limit that is not known to us!

  3. Euripides:

    A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today--and in fact we have forgotten.

  4. Bob Werley:

    They're building sets. We have high quality cameras, high quality sets, high quality actors.

  5. Eric Li:

    We want a place where everybody can receive data on their water quality at any time, when a user takes a measurement and presses the bottle’s ‘send’ button, the water quality data collected will be sent to the Ecomo website and used toward a real-time water quality map.

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Translations for quality

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  • نوعية, جودةArabic
  • qualitat, qualityCatalan, Valencian
  • jakost, kvalita, kvalitní, vlastnostCzech
  • kvalitetDanish
  • Qualität, hochwertig, erstklassig, Eigenschaft, hochklassigGerman
  • καλοφτιαγμένος, ποιοτικός, ποιότηταGreek
  • eco, kvalitoEsperanto
  • cualidad, calidadSpanish
  • کسر وزنی بخار در مخلوط بخار-مایع, چونی, کیفیتPersian
  • laadukas, höyrypitoisuus, hyvälaatuinen, ominaispiirre, laadukkuus, sääty, ominaisuus, laatuFinnish
  • qualitéFrench
  • aitreabúid, dúchas, ardchaighdeáinIrish
  • סגולה, איכותי, תכונה, איכותHebrew
  • गुणवत्ताHindi
  • tulajdonság, minőségi, sajátság, minőségHungarian
  • որակArmenian
  • qualitateInterlingua
  • kualitas, berkualitasIndonesian
  • qualitàItalian
  • איכותHebrew
  • 品質, 性質, 良質, 品質の良い, 品Japanese
  • ხარისხი, თვისებაGeorgian
  • 품질, 特質, 質, 특질, 질, 品質Korean
  • kalîte, çawanî, چۆنیی, چۆنێتییKurdish
  • qualeLatin
  • toetraMalagasy
  • koungaMāori
  • квалитетен, квалитет, особина, одликаMacedonian
  • kualiti, mutuMalay
  • hoedanigheid, kwaliteit, eigenschap, klasseDutch
  • kvalitetNorwegian
  • cecha, przymiot, jakośćPolish
  • qualidade, alta classe, de qualidadePortuguese
  • calitateRomanian
  • знатность, первоклассный, уровень, положение, качественный, качество, доброкачественный, высококачественный, надёжностьRussian
  • квалитетанSerbo-Croatian
  • kakóvostSlovene
  • hög, kvalitet, kvalité, egenskap, stånd, rangSwedish
  • నాణ్యత, గుణం, లక్షణంTelugu
  • คุณภาพThai
  • nitelik, kaliteTurkish
  • надійність, якість, якіснийUkrainian
  • 质量Chinese

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