a. An inherent or distinguishing characteristic; a property.
b. A personal trait, especially a character trait: The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence(George S. Patton).
2. Essential character; nature: The quality of mercy is not straind(Shakespeare).
a. Superiority of kind: an intellect of unquestioned quality.
b. Degree or grade of excellence: yard goods of low quality.
a. High social position.
b. Those in a high social position.
5. Music Timbre, as determined by harmonics: a voice with a distinctive metallic quality.
6. Linguistics The character of a vowel sound determined by the size and shape of the oral cavity and the amount of resonance with which the sound is produced.
7. Logic The positive or negative character of a proposition.
Having a high degree of excellence: the importance of quality health care.
[Middle English qualite, from Old French, from Latin qulits, qulitt-, from qulis, of what kind; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: quality, property, attribute, character, trait These nouns signify a feature that distinguishes or identifies someone or something: explained the qualities of noble gases; tested the resilient property of rubber; knew the attributes of a fine wine; liked the rural character of the ranch; had positive traits such as kindness and generosity.
quality /kwlti/ n.-ties1 [U] the overall nature or general character of s.t.: This product is excellent: it is of the highest quality.2 [C] s.t. that is typical of s.o.s character and personality: His best qualities are kindness, hard work, and intelligence. adj. excellent: Her company makes a quality product.