Word Origin & History
"angry dispute," mid-14c., "ground for complaint," from O.Fr. querele, from L. querella "complaint," from queri "to complain, lament." Replaced O.E. sacan. Sense of "contention between persons" is from 1570s. The verb is attested from late 14c. in the sense "to raise an objection;" 1520s with the meaning
"to contend violently, to fall out."
"square-headed bolt for a crossbow," early 13c., from O.Fr. quarel, from V.L. *quadrellus, dim. of L.L. quadrus (adj.) "square," related to quattuor "four" (see four
). Archaic sense of "square or diamond-shaped plane of glass" first recorded mid-15c.