noun an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
- the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
noun a degree or grade of excellence or worth
- the quality of students has risen
- an executive of low caliber
noun 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
noun (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
timbre; tone; timber.
- the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely
- the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet
noun high social status
adjective satellite of superior grade
prime; prize; select; choice.
- choice wines
- prime beef
- prize carnations
- quality paper
- select peaches
adjective satellite of high social status
- people of quality
- a quality family
, L. qualitas
, fr. qualis
how constituted, as; akin to E. which
. See Which
- The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank.
We lived most joyful, obtaining acquaintance with many of the city not of the meanest quality.
- Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position.
I made that inquiry in quality of an antiquary.
- That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman.
✍ Qualities, in metaphysics, are primary or secondary. Primary are those essential to the existence, and even the conception, of the thing, as of matter or spirit Secondary are those not essential to such a conception.
- An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition.
He had those qualities of horsemanship, dancing, and fencing which accompany a good breeding.
- Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character. "Persons of quality."
I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my feathers, that the quality may see how pretty they will look in their traveling habits.
Syn. -- Property; attribute; nature; peculiarity; character; sort; rank; disposition; temper.
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