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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.
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.
Andrey Kovachev (GERB), elected Wednesday to be among the five EP quaestors, and Ilhan Kyuchuk (ALDE) will be part of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
BRUSSELS, June 29 (KUNA) -- The new European Parliament will start its term with the election of the president, 14 vice-presidents and five quaestors during the first plenary session on 1-3 July in the French city of Strasbourg.
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).
But significantly, although the Council of Elvira shows the continued existence of duumvirs at the beginning of the fourth century, no known individuals are attested as duumvirs, aediles or quaestors in Hispania after the third century.
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.
Quaestors may be credited with responsibility for the language of imperial law.
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The European Parliament has six quaestors to look after the financial and administrative needs of its members.
will the President ask the Quaestors (MEPs in charge of rules) whether or not they feel that the above member's salary and office expenses should be suspended during his sojourn in the jungle?