quality meaning

[ 'kwɔliti ] Pronunciation:   "quality" in a sentence
Noun: quality  kwólitee
  1. An essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    "the quality of mercy is not strained" 
  2. A degree or grade of excellence or worth
    "the quality of students has risen"
    - caliber [US], calibre [Brit, Cdn] 
  3. A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    "each town has a quality all its own"
    - character, lineament 
  4. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    - timbre, timber, tone 
  5. High social status
    "a man of quality"
Adjective: quality  kwólitee
  1. Of superior grade
    "quality paper"
    - choice, prime, prize, select, prise [Brit, Cdn] 
  2. Of high social status
    "people of quality"; "a quality family"

Derived forms: qualities

See also: bad, good, inferior, negative, positive, qualify, superior, upper-class

Type of: attribute, degree, dimension, grade, level, property, rank, social rank, social station, social status, sound property

Encyclopedia: Quality Quality, Cost, Delivery

AmE / noun, adjective

noun (plural qualities)


1 [U,C]

the standard of sth when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad sth is:

There has been a decline in quality.

We only sell goods of a high quality

When costs are cut, product quality sometimes suffers.

His job is to monitor quality and ensure it is up to our high standards.

They are proud of the high quality of their software engineers.

The new technology will produce a higher quality DVD.

The laptops on the market are of varying quality.

The picture quality on the new digital camera is poor.


be of (a) good/high/top quality

low/poor/varying quality

◆ quality declines/improves/suffers

2 [U]

a high standard:

We aim to provide quality at reasonable prices.

The company has a reputation for quality and value.

3 [C]

a thing that is part of a person's character, especially sth good:

He has leadership qualities.

It's hard to find people with the right qualities for the job.

She has all the qualities of a good lawyer including thoroughness and a great memory.

4 [C]

a feature or aspect of sth, often one that makes it different from sth else:

The quality that distinguishes our product from the competition is its lightness.

We are looking for one quality that all these brands share.

These companies all have several qualities that set them apart from their competitors.

adjective [only before noun]


(used especially by people trying to sell goods or services) of a high standard:

We specialize in quality cars.

We deliver a quality product with zero defects.

The creditworthiness or credit rating of a securities issue.

1. In audio-frequency applications, fidelity of transmission or reproduction.
2. The degree of conformity of a product to specifications.

n pl -ties : a special or distinguishing attribute: as
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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  1. goods of that quality will never sell.
  2. some of my sinful qualities evaporated.
  3. i would guarantee delivery and quality.
  4. selfishness is a detestable quality in anyone.
  5. that is not of the stipulated quality.

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