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1590s, originally in astrology, from Latin quaerentem, present participle of quaerere (see query (v.)).

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  • The latter are set aside in a heap, with the querent, face upwards, on the top.

  • The querent, therefore, shall marry the man made for her, but not the man of her youthful hope and her first love.

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