One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who asks or enquires; specifically a person who consults an astrologer, fortune-teller, medium, etc.
Law. A complainant, a plaintiff.
Late 16th century. From post-classical Latin quaerent-, quaerens, use as noun of classical Latin quaerent-, quaerēns, present participle of quaerere to enquire<br>early 18th century; earliest use found in Anthony Collins (1676–1729), philosopher and freethinker. From post-classical Latin querent-, querens complainant, plaintiff, use as noun of classical Latin querent-, querēns, present participle of querī to complain.
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