Meaning of QUALITY in English


■ noun ( plural qualities )

1》 the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind.

↘general excellence.

↘ archaic high social standing.

2》 a distinctive attribute or characteristic.

↘ Phonetics the distinguishing characteristic or characteristics of a speech sound.

■ adjective informal of good ~; excellent: he's a ~ player.


ME: from OFr. qualite , from L. qualitas , from qualis 'of what kind, of such a kind'.

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