(1) Of high social status
"People of quality"
"A quality family"
(2) Of superior grade
(3) An essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
"The quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
(4) A degree or grade of excellence or worth
"The quality of students has risen"
"An executive of low caliber"
(5) (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
"The timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"
"The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
(6) A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
"Each town has a quality all its own"
"The radical character of our demands"
(7) High social status
"A man of quality"
From , from , from , accusative of , from , from Proto-Indo-European pronominal base . Cicero coined as a calque to translate the Ancient Greek word , coined by Plato from .
- Level of excellence
- This school is well-known for having teachers of high quality.
- Quality of life is usually determined by health, education, and income.
- A property or attribute that differentiates a thing or person.
- One of the qualities of pure iron is that it does not rust easily.
- While being impulsive can be great for artists, it is not a desirable quality for engineers.
- Security, stability, and efficiency are good qualities of an operating system.
- In a two-phase liquid-vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.
- High social position.
- A peasant is not allowed to fall in love with a lady of quality.
- Membership of this golf club is limited to those of quality and wealth.
- The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items.
- Being of good worth, well made, fit for purpose.
- We only sell quality products.
- That was a quality game by Jim Smith.
- A quality system ensures products meet customer requirements.
- Harriet (a Cambridge University student), quoted in John Ahier, John Beck, Rob Moore, Graduate Citizens?: Issues of Citizenship and Higher Education, Routledge (2003), ISBN 978-0-415-25722-0, page 114:
- I mean a lot of the money that obviously goes into universities and their libraries and their facilities and their academics and stuff but I mean I haven’t had a very quality degree to be honest. I think the quality of my education has been crap . . .
- 2004, Vance M. Thompson, MD, in J. Kevin Belville and Ronald J. Smith (editors), LASIK Techniques: Pearls and Pitfalls, SLACK Incorporated, ISBN 978-1-55642-622-3, page 187:
- For one I wanted to have what I considered a very quality tracking device.
- 2008, Carl Erskine, in Fay Vincent, We Would Have Played for Nothing: Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk About the Game They Loved, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4165-5342-7, page 144:
- A very quality ball club; that was the Braves.