|1.||an inquiry into the cause of an unexplained, sudden, or violent death, or as to whether or not property constitutes treasure trove, held by a coroner, in certain cases with a jury|
|2.||informal any inquiry or investigation|
|[C13: from Medieval Latin inquēsta, from Latin |
inquest in·quest (ĭn'kwěst')
A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.
The finding based on such an inquiry.