- quality [kwôl′ə tē, kwäl′ə tē]n.pl. qualities [ME qualite < OFr < L qualitas < qualis, of what kind: see QUALE]1. any of the features that make something what it is; characteristic element; attribute2. basic nature; character; kind3. the degree of excellence which a thing possesses4. excellence; superiority5. Now Rare position, capacity, or role6.a) Now Rare high social positionb) Now Chiefly Dial. people of high social position7. Acoustics the property of a tone determined by its overtones; timbre8. Logic that characteristic of a proposition according to which it is classified as affirmative or negative9. 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 producedadj.of high quality [quality goods]SYN.- QUALITY, the broadest in scope of these terms, refers to a characteristic (physical or nonphysical, individual or typical) that constitutes the basic nature of a thing or is one of its distinguishing features [the quality of mercy ]; PROPERTY applies to any quality that belongs to a thing by reason of the essential nature of the thing [elasticity is a property of rubber ]; CHARACTER is the scientific or formal term for a distinctive or peculiar quality of an individual or of a class, species, etc. [a hereditary character]; an ATTRIBUTE is a quality assigned to a thing, esp. one that may reasonably be deduced as appropriate to it [omnipotence is an attribute of God ]; TRAIT specif. applies to a distinguishing quality of a personality [enthusiasm is one of his outstanding traits]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.