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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).



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.
    • 2013 January 1, Katie L. Burke, “Ecological Dependency”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 1, page 64:
      In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.” His quest leads him around the world to study a variety of suspect zoonoses—animal-hosted pathogens that infect humans.
  2. The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit.
    to rove in quest of game, of a lost child, of property, etc.
  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.
  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 [] }

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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.

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



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.

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


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.



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



  1. this