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coroner

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noun cor·o·ner \ˈkȯr-ə-nər, ˈkär-\

Simple Definition of coroner

  • : a public official whose job is to find out the cause of death when people die in ways that are violent, sudden, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coroner

  1. :  a usually elected public officer whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of any death which there is reason to suppose is not due to natural causes — compare medical examiner

Examples of coroner in a sentence

  1. The coroner examined the body but found no evidence of foul play.



Origin of coroner

Middle English, an officer of the crown, from Anglo-French, from corone crown, from Latin corona


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with coroner


CORONER Defined for Kids

coroner

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noun cor·o·ner \ˈkȯr-ə-nər\

Definition of coroner for Students

  1. :  a public official responsible for determining the causes of deaths which are not due to natural causes




Medical Dictionary

coroner

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noun cor·o·ner \ˈkȯr-ə-nər, ˈkär-\

Medical Definition of coroner

  1. :  a usually elected public officer who is typically not required to have specific medical qualifications and whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of any death which there is reason to suppose is not due to natural causes—see medical examiner 1




Law Dictionary

coroner

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noun cor·o·ner \ˈkȯr-ə-nər\

Legal Definition of coroner

  1. :  a public officer whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of death when there is reason to think the death may not be due to natural causes



Origin of coroner

Anglo-French, recorder of crown pleas, from corone crown



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