1590s, originally in astrology, from Latin quaerentem, present participle of quaerere (see query (v.)).

Nearby words

  1. quercine,
  2. quercitannic acid,
  3. quercitol,
  4. quercitron,
  5. quercus,
  6. querist,
  7. quern,
  8. quernstone,
  9. quersprung,
  10. querulous

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for querent

  • The querent, therefore, shall marry the man made for her, but not the man of her youthful hope and her first love.

    The Golden Dog|William Kirby
  • The latter are set aside in a heap, with the Querent, face upwards, on the top.