quest a search, an inquiry: quest of love (=love-suit, “is amorous expedition. The term originated from romance. A quest was the expedition in which a knight was engaged,” STEEVENS . “The knight that finding the first encounter combersom, giueth ouer the quest, is counted but a coward.” Greene's Carde of Fancie, sig. E 3 verso, ed. 1608 ), KING LEAR, i. 1. 193; “Can stead the quest,” PERICLES, iii. Gower, 21 ; “three several quests,” OTHELLO, i. 2. 46.
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