from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. In the capacity or character of; as: The President qua head of the party mediated the dispute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In the capacity of.
  • prep. in the capacity of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conj. In so far as; in the capacity or character of; as.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An old Scotch form of who.
  • As being; so far as.
  • n. A jail; quod.


Latin quā, feminine ablative sing. of quī, who; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin qua ("in the capacity of"). (Wiktionary)



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  • In the opera "The Barber of Seville", everyone's favorite (mine, anyway) aria is "Figaro", wherein we hear, Eh, Figaro, son qua!" Followed by Figaro si, Figaro la, etc. Robin Williams sings it at the beginning of "Mrs. Doubtfire", while dubbing the voices of Tweety and Sylvester.

    June 24, 2009

  • Actually, it looks like Aristotle didn't use anything; I just looked at a manuscript translated "man qua man" and it was just "anthropos anthropou"...

    August 15, 2008

  • Only used in Aristotle in Latin translations of Aristotle, however. The corresponding Greek word, if it was used, would begin with /p/.

    August 15, 2008

  • Not quite a Greek Remark, as is my list title, but its use in Arisotle warrants its inclusion.

    August 15, 2008

  • "in the capacity of"

    April 25, 2008