quest

quest

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English

Etymology

From Middle English quest, queste; partly from Anglo-Norman queste, Old French queste (acquisition, search, hunt), and partly from their source, Latin quaesta (tribute, tax, inquiry, search), noun use of quaesita, the feminine past participle of quaerere (to ask, seek).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kwɛst/, enPR: kwĕst
  • Rhymes: -ɛst

Noun

quest (plural quests)

  1. A journey or effort in pursuit of a goal (often lengthy, ambitious, or fervent); a mission.
    • William Shakespeare
      Cease your quest of love.
  2. The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit.
  3. (obsolete) Request; desire; solicitation.
    • Herbert
      Gad not abroad at every quest and call / Of an untrained hope or passion.
  4. (obsolete) A group of people making search or inquiry.
    • William Shakespeare
      The senate hath sent about three several quests to search you out.
  5. (obsolete) Inquest; jury of inquest.
    • 1609, Wiiliam Shakespeare, Sonnet 46"
      To 'cide this title is impannelèd
      A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart, 10
      And by their verdict is determined
      The clear eye's moiety and the dear heart's part [] }

Derived terms

  • sidequest

Translations

Verb

quest (third-person singular simple present quests, present participle questing, simple past and past participle quested)

  1. To seek or pursue a goal; to undertake a mission or job.
  2. To search for; to examine.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir T. Herbert to this entry?)
  3. (entomology, of a tick) To locate and attach to a host animal.

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • queste, qwest, qwhest

Etymology

Partly from Anglo-Norman queste, Old French queste, and partly from their source, Latin quaesta.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɛst(ə)/

Noun

quest (plural questes)

  1. (Late ME) A legal inquest or investigation; a session of court.
  2. (Late ME) A group or body of jurors
  3. (rare) A body of judges or other individuals commissioned to make a decision or verdict
  4. (rare) The decision or verdict reached by such a body of judges.
  5. (rare) A quest, mission, or search.
    1. (rare) The finding of prey by hunting dogs during a hunt.
    2. (rare, Late ME) The howling upon finding prey by hunting dogs during a hunt.
  6. (rare, Late ME) A petition or asking.

Related terms

  • conquest
  • enquest
  • questen
  • questor
  • request

Descendants

  • English: quest
  • Scots: quest

References

  • “quest(e (n.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-06-2.

Romagnol

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *eccu istu, from Latin eccum istum. Compare Italian questo.

Pronoun

quest (feminine singular questa)

  1. this one, this
    Quest l'è un mond zneno, e nost mond.
    This is a small world, our world.
    Questa l'è una cittadina bela.
    This is a beautiful city.

Romansch

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *eccu istu, from Latin eccum istum. Compare Italian questo.

Pronoun

quest

  1. this

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