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Noun: quality  kwó-li-tee
  1. An essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    "the quality of mercy is not strained"
     
  2. A degree or grade of excellence or worth
    "the quality of students has risen";
    - caliber [US], calibre [Brit, Cdn]
     
  3. A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    "each town has a quality all its own";
    - character, lineament
     
  4. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice, noise or musical sound)
    "the quality of her soprano was rich and lovely";
    - timbre, timber [non-standard], tone
     
  5. High social status
    "a man of quality"
Adjective: quality  kwó-li-tee
  1. Of superior grade
    "quality paper";
    - choice, prime, prize, select
     
  2. Of high social status
    "people of quality"; "a quality family"

Derived forms: qualities

See also: bad, good, inferior, negative, posh [Brit], positive, superior, upper-class

Type of: attribute, degree, dimension, grade, level, property, rank, social rank, social station, social status, sound property

Encyclopedia: Quality, Kentucky