c.1300, "a search for something" (esp. of judicial inquiries or hounds seeking game), from O.Fr. queste
), prop. "the act of seeking," from M.L. questa
"search, inquiry," alteration of L. quæsitus,
pp. of quærere
"seek, gain, ask" (see query
). Romance sense of "adventure undertaken by a knight" is attested from late 14c. The verb is first recorded mid-14c.