an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
- "each town has a quality all its own"
- "the quality of mercy is not strained --Shakespeare"
- "her bad qualities"
- "in the quality of friend"
- "in quality of"
- "She had many good qualities"
- "He's got a childish quality about him"
a degree or grade of excellence or worth: "the quality of students has risen"
high social status
- "a man of quality"
- högt anseende