Meaning of QUALITY in English


I. ˈkwä-lə-tē noun

( plural -ties )

Etymology: Middle English qualite, from Anglo-French qualité, from Latin qualitat-, qualitas, from qualis of what kind; akin to Latin qui who — more at who

Date: 14th century


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

5. : the character in a logical proposition of being affirmative or negative

6. : 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

8. : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation


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 traditional attributes of a military hero

II. adjective

Date: 1936

: being of high quality

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.