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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: queste, from Latin quaestus; QUESTION1

quest

noun
     
quest [countable] literary
1 a long search for something that is difficult to find
quest for
his long quest for truth
the quest for human happiness
World leaders are now united in their quest for peace.
2

in quest of something

trying to find or get something:
They journeyed to the distant Molucca islands in quest of spices.

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