quaes·​tor ˈkwe-stər How to pronounce quaestor (audio) ˈkwē- How to pronounce quaestor (audio)
variants or less commonly questor
: one of numerous ancient Roman officials concerned chiefly with financial administration

Word History


Middle English questor, from Latin quaestor, from quaerere

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quaestor was in the 14th century

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“Quaestor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quaestor. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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