- one of two subordinates of the consuls serving as public prosecutors in certain criminal cases.
- (later) one of the public magistrates in charge of the state funds, as treasury officers or those attached to the consuls and provincial governors.
Origin of quaestor
1350–1400; Middle English questor < Latin quaestor, equivalent to quaes-, base of quaerere to seek + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for questor
Dispatching the questor with this order, he summoned Gianni to his presence.Rule of the Monk
Gérardin, a member of the Council, repaired to the questor's office.
Those galleys which he had left he distributed to the questor, lieutenants, and officers of the cavalry.English Coast Defences
Avrial stayed with Rossel in the questor's office, while Johannard went to apprise the Council of their arrival.
Accordingly the Deputies, including the Speaker, Deschanel, thronged to the questor's office.The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference
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- US a variant of quaestor
sometimes US questor (ˈkwɛstə)
- any of several magistrates of ancient Rome, usually a financial administrator
C14: from Latin, from quaerere to inquire
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