I. 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 1. 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
2. a. degree of excellence ; grade <
the quality of competing air service — Current Biography
b. superiority in kind <
merchandise of quality
3. a. social status ; rank b. aristocracy 4. 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 7. 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 Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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