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
Example sentences from the Web for quest
I mean the higher law that is found at last by the quester after goodness, beauty and truth.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
Even now, the Quester's adventure is a desperate one—few there be that find It.The Secret Glory|Arthur Machen
The nation of scholars pictured the quester as a student, not as a knight.
As regards the quester himself, the maiden he thus woos is his reward and the noblest prize earth has to offer him.
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.