quest [kwest] /kwɛst/ Show IPA
a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something:
a quest for uranium mines; a quest for knowledge.
an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight or knights to secure or achieve something:
the quest of the Holy Grail.
those engaged in such an expedition.
verb (used without object)
to search; seek (often followed by for
to quest after hidden treasure.
to search for game.
to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
to search or seek for; pursue.
1275–1325; (noun) Middle English queste < Old French < Latin quaesīta, feminine past participle of quaerere to seek; (v.) Middle English questen < Old French quester, derivative of the noun
1. hunt, seeking, journey, mission, enterprise.