noun, plural que·ries.

verb (used with object), que·ried, que·ry·ing.

Origin of query

1625–35; alteration (cf. -y3) of earlier quere < Latin quaere quaere
Related formsque·ry·ing·ly, adverbout·que·ry, verb (used with object), out·que·ried, out·que·ry·ing.un·que·ried, adjective
Can be confusedinquiry queryquarry query
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Examples from the Web for queries

Contemporary Examples of queries

Historical Examples of queries

  • But it would never have occurred to me to parry her queries.

  • These queries at first blush seem unanswerable, but they are not really so.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Notes and Queries may be procured, by order, of all Booksellers and Newsvenders.

  • Is your master not the person to dictate the answer to these queries?

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • The following particulars are furnished in Notes and Queries, 4th series, vol.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

British Dictionary definitions for queries


noun plural -ries

a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
a less common name for question mark

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)

to express uncertainty, doubt, or an objection concerning (something)
to express as a query"What's up now?" she queried
US to put a question to (a person); ask

Word Origin for query

C17: from earlier quere, from Latin quaere ask!, from quaerere to seek, inquire
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Word Origin and History for queries



1530s, quaere "a question," from Latin quaere "ask," imperative of quaerere "to seek, look for; strive, endeavor, strive to gain; ask, require, demand;" figuratively "seek mentally, seek to learn, make inquiry," probably ultimately from PIE *kwo-, root forming the stem of relative and interrogative pronouns (see who). Spelling Englished or altered c.1600 by influence of inquiry.



"to question," 1650s, from query (n.). Related: Queried; querying.

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