quest

quest

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English

Etymology 1

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.
  2. The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit.
  3. (obsolete) Request; desire; solicitation.
    • Gad not abroad at every quest and call / Of an untrained hope or passion.
  4. (obsolete) A group of people making search or inquiry.
  5. (obsolete) Inquest; jury of inquest.
Derived terms
  • sidequest
  • question
Translations

Verb

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

  1. (intransitive) To seek or pursue a goal; to undertake a mission or job.
  2. (transitive) To search for something; to seek.
    • 1634, Thomas Herbert, Description of the Persian Monarchy now beinge the Orientall Indyes, Iles and other ports of the Greater Asia and Africk
      Next day we quested in search of our caravan, and after some pains recovered it.
  3. (entomology, of a tick) To locate and attach to a host animal.

Etymology 2

Blend of quiz +‎ test, to avoid using the word test.

Noun

quest (plural quests)

  1. (education) A short test.

Anagrams

  • usteq

Lombard

Alternative forms

  • chest (formal variant)
  • cuest (orthographic alternative)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʷes(t)/
    • IPA(key): [ˈkʷɛs(t)], [ˈkʷes(t)]

Determiner

quest m (feminine singular questa, masculine plural quest or quescc, feminine plural quest or queste or questi)

  1. Traditional form of cuest (this)

Pronoun

quest m (feminine singular questa, masculine plural quest or quescc, feminine plural quest or queste or questi)

  1. Traditional form of cuest (this)

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 Middle English) A legal inquest or investigation; a session of court.
  2. (Late Middle English) 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 Middle English) The howling upon finding prey by hunting dogs during a hunt.
  6. (rare, Late Middle English) A petition or asking.

Related terms

  • conquest
  • enquest
  • questen
  • questioun
  • 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 *eccum iste, from Latin eccum + iste. Compare Italian questo.

Pronoun

quest

  1. this

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