Archaic words have a charm that never fades away, from French sounding to wondrously mysterious ones.
research 1577, "act of searching closely," from . recerche (1539), from . recercher "seek out, search closely," from re-, intensive prefix, + cercher "to seek for" (see search). Meaning "scientific inquiry" is first attested 1639. Phrase research and development is recorded from 1923.
The Free Online English Dictionary from Macmillan Publishers.