or ques·tor

[ kwes-ter, kwee-ster ]
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nounRoman 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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English questor, from Latin quaestor, equivalent to quaes-, base of quaerere “to seek” + -tor noun suffix; see -tor

Other words from quaestor

  • quaes·to·ri·al [kwe-stawr-ee-uhl, -stohr-, kwee-], /kwɛˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-, kwi-/, adjective
  • quaes·tor·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for quaestor


sometimes US questor (ˈkwɛstə)

/ (ˈkwiːstə, -tɔː) /

  1. any of several magistrates of ancient Rome, usually a financial administrator

Origin of quaestor

C14: from Latin, from quaerere to inquire

Derived forms of quaestor

  • quaestorial (kwɛˈstɔːrɪəl), adjective
  • quaestorship, noun

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