1. [ noun ] an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare

Related terms: attribute power difference nature air difference appearance ability complexity morality bad good accuracy popularity difficulty characteristic uncertainty utility worth distinction simplicity elegance sameness accuracy excellence expressiveness irregularity holiness infidelity mobility probability attraction asset correctness regularity divinity clearness ease certainty inutility worthlessness sufficiency fruitlessness naturalness asset fruitfulness romanticism suitability powerlessness pathos ideality humanness inaccuracy materiality humor originality stuff unlawfulness lawfulness comprehensibility inelegance unpopularity incomprehensibility inhumaneness immobility immorality unpleasantness pleasantness changeableness opacity parental_quality humaneness incredibility credibility naivete illogicality logicality unholiness changelessness fidelity constructiveness sophistication wholesomeness virtu unnaturalness quale destructiveness negativism satisfactoriness ordinariness unsatisfactoriness morbidity domesticity ethnicity extraordinariness positivism foreignness nativeness counterfactuality factuality inability unsuitability amorality infiniteness finiteness quantifiability solubility insolubility tone hot_stuff responsiveness unresponsiveness incorrectness unoriginality orientalism occidentalism ulteriority divisibility generality particularity immateriality subjectivism qualify good bad positive negative
2. [ noun ] a degree or grade of excellence or worth
Synonyms: caliber calibre

: "the quality of students has risen" "an executive of low caliber"

Related terms: degree superiority inferiority qualify superior inferior
3. [ noun ] a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
Synonyms: character lineament

"each town has a quality all its own" "the radical character of our demands"

Related terms: property texture qualify characterize qualify
4. [ noun ] (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
Synonyms: tone timbre timber

"the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely" "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

Related terms: sound_property color harshness register fullness plangency resonance nasality shrillness music
5. [ adjective ] of high social status

"people of quality" "a quality family"

Related terms: upper-class
6. [ adjective ] of superior grade
Synonyms: choice select prime prize fine

"choice wines" "prime beef" "prize carnations" "quality paper" "select peaches"

Related terms: superior
7. [ noun ] high social status

"a man of quality"

Related terms: social_station qualify
Similar spelling:   quilt