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or ques·tor

[kwes-ter, kwee-ster]
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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.
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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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sometimes US questor (ˈkwɛstə)

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

Word Origin

C14: from Latin, from quaerere to inquire
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