Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various public officials in ancient Rome responsible for finance and administration in various areas of government and the military.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an ancient Roman official responsible for public revenue and other financial affairs.

Etymologies

Middle English questor, from Latin quaestor, from *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to inquire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin quaestor, from an old participle form of quaero. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He had only been back in Rome for a few days, following his term as quaestor in Umbria, and was avid for the latest news.

    Imperium

  • Atalaric (such an official is called "quaestor" [65] by the Romans), and invited Belisarius to come to Rome, promising to put the city into his hands without a battle.

    Procopius History of the Wars, Books V. and VI.

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  • Scrofa served as quaestor, and Quinctius was the cavalry commander who had tricked Spartacus at Cantenna.

    The Spartacus War

  • Toranius served as Variniuss quaestor, a financial official with various civil and military responsibilities.

    The Spartacus War

  • Cicero was brilliant and a former quaestor but he was young; Verres was defended by the greatest advocate of the day, Hortensius.

    The Spartacus War

  • Demens was quaestor of the Parricide; because I am going to be a doctor, apparently it does not follow that it is absolutely necessary that I should be an imbecile.

    Les Miserables

  • According to canon law, a pardoner or quaestor of alms did not have the right either to forgive sin or to sell indulgences.

    [chaucer and luther] of like mind on pardons

  • [1529] Polydore calls it a filthy sky, et in quo facile generantur nubes; as Tully's brother Quintus wrote to him in Rome, being then quaestor in Britain.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • No one bothered to answer; Titius was a quaestor, young and foolish, game for anything.

    Antony and Cleopatra

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