- one of two subordinates of the consuls serving as public prosecutors in certain criminal cases.
- (later) one of the public magistrates in charge of the state funds, as treasury officers or those attached to the consuls and provincial governors.
Origin of quaestor
1350–1400; Middle English questor < Latin quaestor, equivalent to quaes-, base of quaerere to seek + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for quaestor
The Quaestor glared at the men to make sure they understood.The Status Civilization
Begins his political career as Quaestor, partly at Rome, partly in Spain.Helps to Latin Translation at Sight
But this quaestor must be distinguished from the Roman quaestors.
My father, a freedman, toils as quaestor, and will find me a place.Historical Miniatures
He had already left a favorable impression there as Quaestor.History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD
Robert F. Pennell
sometimes US questor (ˈkwɛstə)
- any of several magistrates of ancient Rome, usually a financial administrator
C14: from Latin, from quaerere to inquire
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