quest

[ kwest ]
/ kwɛst /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to search or seek for; pursue.

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Origin of quest

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English noun queste, from Old French, from Latin quaesīta, feminine past participle of quaerere “to seek”; Middle English verb derivative of the noun

historical usage of quest

The Middle English noun quest, originally meaning “inquest, judicial inquiry,” also, in hunting, “a search after game, baying of hounds,” comes partly from Old French queste with the same meanings. Quest also comes from Medieval Latin questa, quaesta, short for rēs quaesita, “a thing sought out, a question,” from the feminine past participle of quaerere “to try to find, seek, seek out.”
Quest in the hunting sense “baying of hounds” first appears in the wonderful Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (about 1390). In Arthurian and chivalric romances, quest in the sense “an expedition undertaken by a knight or band of knights to attain a specific goal” dates from Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur (1485).

OTHER WORDS FROM quest

quester, nounquest·ing·ly, adverbun·quest·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quest

quest
/ (kwɛst) /

noun

verb (mainly intr)

Derived forms of quest

quester, nounquesting, adjectivequestingly, adverb

Word Origin for quest

C14: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek
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Idioms and Phrases with quest

quest

see under in search of.

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