- The definition of a quality is a distinctive characteristic or trait.
An example of quality is kindness.
- Quality is a judgment of how excellent something or someone is.
- An example of quality is a product that won't break easily.
- An example of quality is a well-made product.
quality definition by Webster's New World
- any of the features that make something what it is; characteristic element; attribute
- basic nature; character; kind
- the degree of excellence which a thing possesses
- excellence; superiority
- Now Rare position, capacity, or role
- Now Rare high social position
- Now Chiefly Dial. people of high social position
- Acoustics the property of a tone determined by its overtones; timbre
- Logic that characteristic of a proposition according to which it is classified as affirmative or negative
- Phonet. the distinctive character of a vowel sound as determined by the resonance of the vocal cords and the shape of the air passage above the larynx when the sound is produced
Origin: Middle English qualite ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin qualitas ; from qualis, of what kind: see quale
quality definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. qual·i·ties
- 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).
- Essential character; nature: “The quality of mercy is not strain'd” (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.
- Music Timbre, as determined by harmonics: a voice with a distinctive metallic quality.
- 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.
- Logic The positive or negative character of a proposition.
Origin: Middle English qualite, from Old French, from Latin quālitās, quālitāt-, from quālis, of what kind; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.