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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.
quaestor(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]
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.