[ kwest ]
/ kwɛst /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to search or seek for; pursue.

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 forms

quest·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 Forms

quester, nounquesting, adjectivequestingly, adverb

Word Origin for quest

C14: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek
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Idioms and Phrases with quester


see under in search of.

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