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[kwes-ter, kwee-ster]
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noun Roman History.
  1. quaestor.


or ques·tor

[kwes-ter, kwee-ster]
noun Roman History.
  1. one of two subordinates of the consuls serving as public prosecutors in certain criminal cases.
  2. (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
Related formsquaes·to·ri·al [kwe-stawr-ee-uh l, -stohr-, kwee-] /kwɛˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-, kwi-/, adjectivequaes·tor·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for questor

Historical Examples

  • Dispatching the questor with this order, he summoned Gianni to his presence.

    Rule of the Monk

    Giuseppe Garibaldi

  • Gérardin, a member of the Council, repaired to the questor's office.

  • Those galleys which he had left he distributed to the questor, lieutenants, and officers of the cavalry.

  • Avrial stayed with Rossel in the questor's office, while Johannard went to apprise the Council of their arrival.

  • Accordingly the Deputies, including the Speaker, Deschanel, thronged to the questor's office.

British Dictionary definitions for questor


  1. US a variant of quaestor
Derived Formsquestorial (kwɛˈstɔːrɪəl), adjectivequestorship, noun


sometimes US questor (ˈkwɛstə)

  1. any of several magistrates of ancient Rome, usually a financial administrator
Derived Formsquaestorial (kwɛˈstɔːrɪəl), adjectivequaestorship, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin, from quaerere to inquire
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