verb (used without object)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
Origin of quest
Synonyms for quest
Related Words for questerquestioner, examiner, investigator, researcher, inquisitor, auditor, analyst, scrutinizer, checker, prober
Examples from the Web for quester
Historical Examples of 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
verb (mainly intr)
- to search for game
- to bay when in pursuit of game
Word Origin for quest
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.
see under in search of.