One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in ancient Rome) any of a number of officials who had charge of public revenue and expenditure.
- ‘Derek Watson, the university's quaestor and factor, said: ‘There will be significant planning issues but we are determined to reduce our carbon footprint.’’
- ‘Once again, elections were held for aedile, praetor, quaestor and the other traditional offices of the Republic.’
- ‘Caesar serves as quaestor under governor of Further Spain.’
- ‘Chosen by C. Marius as his quaestor he distinguished himself in the Numidian War.’
- ‘Another specialist was the quaestor, whose duty was to look after all the money matter.’
Latin, from an old form of quaesit- ‘sought’, from the verb quaerere.
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