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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Contemporary Examples of query

Historical Examples of query

  • But it is needless to complete the query; the answer alone is important.

  • There was something half-plaintive in the modulated cadences of the query.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Then, in his turn, Burke put the query that the girl had put to him a little while before.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • And then her insolence reached its culmination in a query of her own: "Was his name Griggs?"

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Porter went on as though he had not heard the daughter's query.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for query


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 query

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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