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 (kwĕs′tər, kwē′stər)
Any of various public officials in ancient Rome responsible for finance and administration in various areas of government and the military.

[Middle English questor, from Latin quaestor, from *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to inquire.]

quaes·to′ri·al (kwĕ-stôr′ē-əl, kwē-) adj.
quaes′tor·ship′ n.


(ˈkwiːstə; -tɔː) or


1. (Law) any of several magistrates of ancient Rome, usually a financial administrator
2. (Historical Terms) any of several magistrates of ancient Rome, usually a financial administrator
[C14: from Latin, from quaerere to inquire]
quaestorial adj
ˈquaestorˌship n


or ques•tor

(ˈkwɛs tər, ˈkwi stər)

1. any of various public magistrates in ancient Rome with chiefly financial responsibilities.
2. one of two officials serving as public prosecutors in certain criminal cases in early Rome.
[1350–1400; < Latin quaes-, base of quaerere to seek]
quaes•to′ri•al (-ˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quaestor - any of several public officials of ancient Rome (usually in charge of finance and administration)
finance - the branch of economics that studies the management of money and other assets
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office


questor (US) [ˈkwiːstəʳ] Ncuestor m
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There must also be other officers appointed to receive the public revenue and to deliver it out to those who are in the different departments of the state: these are called receivers or quaestors. There must also be another, before whom all private contracts and sentences of courts should be enrolled, as well as proceedings and declarations.
On Wednesday they will elect the new President and 14 Vice-Presidents, and on Thursday the House will elect five Quaestors.
Five members will be elected as quaestors, who will deal with administrative matters affecting MEPs.
Indeed, in what is perhaps the book's main strength, the authors effectively reconstruct the hidden world of espionage the network of spies (Ennio Belelli and Enrico Insabato), ambassadors (Count Giuseppe Tornielli), quaestors (Vincenzo Neri), and police (Francesco Leonardi) working together to monitor radicals, follow their activities, and undermine their plans.
The President is assisted in managing the Parliament's internal organization and affairs by a Conference of Presidents (composed of the EP President and the chairs of the political groups) and by a Bureau (composed of 14 Vice- Presidents and five Quaestors, responsible for administrative and financial matters).
Proconsuls had quaestors to assist them in public finance; the proconsul would normally have an advisory council and could summon locals for help.
Now, as the EP Bureau sets out the implementing measures concerning this gifts and reimbursement provision', upon a proposal by the quaestors, a Conservative alliance (the EPP holds seven votes and ECR one) clawed back further on progress made toward increased transparency.
Antonio Mazzocchi, a deputy in the centre-right PDL party and one of the three "quaestors" who look after the running of parliamentary business, said that when all benefits were taken into account, the report showed that Italian parliamentarians were not especially well paid.
According to the Annex IX ("Lobbying in Parliament"), lobbyists have access to Parliament using nominative passes issued by quaestors; in return, they are required to observe a ten-point code of conduct, and to sign a register, which is published on the Parliament website.
They were followed by those who had been aediles, tribunes of the plebs, or quaestors').