from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who inquires or makes an inquisition, especially a questioner who is excessively rigorous or harsh.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who inquires, especially searchingly or ruthlessly.
- n. An official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inquisitive person; one fond of asking questions.
- n. One whose official duty it is to examine and inquire, as coroners, sheriffs, etc.
- n. A member of the Court of Inquisition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who inquires or investigates; particularly, one whose official duty it is to inquire and examine: as, the inquisitors of the Holy Office or Inquisition.
- n. An inquisitive or curious person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition
- n. a questioner who is excessively harsh
Middle English inquisitour, from Latin inquīsītor, from inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire into; see inquire.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)