verb (used without object)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
Origin of quest
historical usage of quest
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 questquester, nounquest·ing·ly, adverbun·quest·ed, adjective
Words nearby quest
Example sentences from the Web for quest
Our quest for better leaders—“Change we can believe in”— is wishful thinking.
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.
She began her quest for equal rights shortly after her three-month sentence.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality|Justin Jones|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Evidence of the interest of this respected figure propelled Vieira on his quest.
Where does the quest for beauty and hedonistic impulses begin and end?
(The Gellerman motivationand productivity film series)A Quest production.Motion Pictures 1960-1969|Copyright Office. Library of Congress.
"Would that I had half the courage for my quest," I mused, and walked slowly back to the solitary lodge.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
Now and then he got up from this work, to look out of the window, or to pace the room, as if in quest of new ideas.Methods of Authors|Hugo Erichsen
It had been a tough year, filled with intensive study in the quest for an officer's commission in the Solar Guard.The Revolt on Venus|Carey Rockwell
Quite early in the afternoon she started upon her quest for the pianist.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for quest
verb (mainly intr)
- to search for game
- to bay when in pursuit of game
Derived forms of questquester, nounquesting, adjectivequestingly, adverb
Word Origin for quest
Idioms and Phrases with quest
see under in search of.