coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ˈkȯr-ə-nər, ˈkär-\

Definition of coroner 

: 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 — compare medical examiner

Examples of coroner in a Sentence

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

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Urton was struck in the left thigh and bled to death, according to the county coroner. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Racially charged murder trial canceled because of 'new evidence'," 13 July 2018 The coroner later determined that the diver, identified in news reports as 39-year-old Lyle E. Thomas, suffered a heart attack, Wilson said. Lindsey Bever, ajc, "The dramatic and tragic rescue of explorers trapped in a cave — 53 years ago in America," 10 July 2018 The Ada County coroner will make the official determination on how the two died, and also will release their names. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Two dead in likely murder-suicide Thursday, Meridian police say," 6 July 2018 According to the Aspen Times, the coroner has not yet determined Ms. Fox’s cause of death, but said foul play is not suspected. Meagan Flynn, BostonGlobe.com, "Charlotte Fox, climber of the tallest peaks, survivor of 1996 Everest disaster, dies after an apparent fall at home," 7 June 2018 The Lake County coroner identified a woman who died in a Memorial Day North Barrington motorcycle accident as Deborah Platz, 62, of Mount Prospect, a longtime employee of River Trails School District 26. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Mount Prospect woman killed in motorcycle accident was longtime school district employee," 30 May 2018 Already bonded with the soil, a coroner carelessly spills an utterance of your name. David Roderick, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Lines: Joseph Rios’ ‘Nocturnes’," 30 May 2018 On Monday, a Jefferson Parish coroner vindicated some of those suspicions, confirming that an autopsy had concluded that Robinson’s death was a homicide. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "A Black Man Died During an Arrest in Louisiana; A Local Coroner Has Ruled the Death as Homicide by ‘Asphyxia’," 15 May 2018 The coroner is surprised to see Betty instead of Alice, but takes her money anyway. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 2 Episode 20: The Black Hood Returns and the Serpents Aren't Safe," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of coroner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coroner

Middle English corowner, coronour "local officer of the crown charged with supervision of royal pleas," borrowed from Anglo-French coroner, corouner, from corone, coroune crown entry 1 + -er -er entry 2

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coroner

noun

English Language Learners 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.

coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ˈkȯr-ə-nər \

Kids Definition of coroner

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

coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ˈkȯr-ə-nər, ˈkär- \

Medical Definition of coroner 

: 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 sense 1

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coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ˈkȯr-ə-nər \

Legal Definition of coroner 

: 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

History and Etymology for coroner

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

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