|Origin:||qualité, from Latin qualitas, from qualis 'of what kind'|
qual‧i‧ty1 S1 W1 plural qualities
1 [uncountable and countable]
how good or bad something is
air/water etc quality
The recent hot, humid weather is affecting air quality.
the quality of research into the disease
be of poor/good/high etc quality
Much of the land was of poor quality.
Use only high quality ingredients.
2 [countable usually plural]
something that people may have as part of their character, for example courage or intelligence [↪ characteristic]:
He shows strong leadership qualities.
the personal qualities necessary to be a successful salesman
the qualities of honesty and independence
something that is typical of one thing and makes it different from other things, for example size, colour etc:
the drug's addictive quality
the physical and chemical qualities of the rock
a high standard:
his pride in the quality of his craftsmanship
wines of quality
how good or bad your life is, shown for example by whether or not you are happy, healthy, able to do what you want etc:
drugs that improve the quality of life for very ill patients