- a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something: a quest for uranium mines; a quest for knowledge.
- Medieval Romance. an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight or knights to secure or achieve something: the quest of the Holy Grail.
- those engaged in such an expedition.
- British Dialect. inquest.
- Obsolete. a jury of inquest.
- to search; seek (often followed by for or after): to quest after hidden treasure.
- to go on a quest.
- Hunting. (of a dog)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
- to search or seek for; pursue.
Origin of quest
SynonymsSee more synonyms for quest on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for quester
The nation of scholars pictured the quester as a student, not as a knight.
Even now, the Quester's adventure is a desperate one—few there be that find It.The Secret Glory
As regards the quester himself, the maiden he thus woos is his reward and the noblest prize earth has to offer him.
I mean the higher law that is found at last by the quester after goodness, beauty and truth.The Hive
Will Levington Comfort
- the act or an instance of looking for or seeking; searcha quest for diamonds
- (in medieval romance) an expedition by a knight or company of knights to accomplish some prescribed task, such as finding the Holy Grail
- the object of a search; goal or targetmy quest is the treasure of the king
- rare a collection of alms
- (foll by for or after) to go in search (of)
- to go on a quest
- (of gun dogs or hounds)
- to search for game
- to bay when in pursuit of game
- rare to collect alms
- (also tr) archaic to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
Word Origin and History for quester
c.1300, "an inquest;" early 14c., "a search for something" (especially of judicial inquiries or hounds seeking game), from Old French queste "search, quest, chase, hunt, pursuit; inquest, inquiry" (12c., Modern French quête), properly "the act of seeking," and directly from Medieval Latin questa "search, inquiry," alteration of Latin quaesitus (fem. quaesita) "sought-out, select," past participle of quaerere "seek, gain, ask" (see query (n.)). Romance sense of "adventure undertaken by a knight" (especially the search for the Grail) is attested from late 14c. Johnson's dictionary has questmonger "Starter of lawsuits or prosecutions."
mid-14c., "to seek game, hunt," from quest (n.) and from Old French quester "to search, hunt," from queste (n.). Related: Quested; questing.
Idioms and Phrases with quester
see under in search of.