quality etymology

English word quality comes from Proto-Indo-European *kʷi-, and later Proto-Italic *kʷis (Who, what (interrogative).)

Detailed word origin of quality

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kʷi- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷís Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Who, what (interrogative). Who, which, that (relative) Which, what.
*kʷis Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Who, what (interrogative).
qualis Latin (lat) (in similes) such...as, such as, as. What (kind, condition etc) (interrogative) of what kind.
qualitatem Latin (lat)
qualité Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
quality English (eng) (archaic) High social position. (See also the quality.). (countable) A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person.. (emergency medicine, countable) The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like.. (thermodynamics) In a two-phase liquid–vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.. [...]

Words with the same origin as quality

Descendants of *kʷi-
anywhere complete contact cost count country couple court cover either everywhere how however neither right somewhere what when where whether which who whom whose why