[ kwest ]
/ kwɛst /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to search or seek for; pursue.

Nearby words

  1. ques.,
  2. quesada, gonzalo jiménez de,
  3. quesadilla,
  4. quesnay,
  5. quesnay, françois,
  6. question,
  7. question mark,
  8. question master,
  9. question of fact,
  10. question of law

Origin of quest

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English queste < Old French < Latin quaesīta, feminine past participle of quaerere to seek; (v.) Middle English questen < Old French quester, derivative of the noun

Related formsquest·er, nounquest·ing·ly, adverbun·quest·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quester

  • 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 quester


/ (kwɛst) /


verb (mainly intr)

Derived Formsquester, nounquesting, adjectivequestingly, adverb

Word Origin for quest

C14: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek

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Word Origin and History for quester
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Idioms and Phrases with quester


see under in search of.

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