coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce coroner (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Kitaen died Friday at her home in Newport Beach, Calif., according to the Orange County coroner's office. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Tawny Kitaen, Bachelor Party and music video star, dies at 59," 8 May 2021 Once the autopsy is completed, the sheriff's department plans to convene a panel of medical and forensic experts to peer-review the work of the county coroner's office, Kelly said. Nicole Chavez And Jaqueline Hurtado, CNN, "A man died after being restrained by police in California. His mother is speaking up because other Latinos are dying," 7 May 2021 The Saguache County coroner's office has not said when Carlson died and has not released the cause or manner of death. CBS News, "7 arrested after spiritual leader's mummified body found decorated with Christmas lights in Colorado home," 5 May 2021 Prosecutors said the county coroner's office would make a formal identification and determine the cause of death. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Humans remains found during search for missing Amish woman," 22 Apr. 2021 The county coroner's office had to identify the body. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Mother accused of hiding son's decomposing body in bedroom charged with murder," 14 Apr. 2021 The county coroner's office identified the victims as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, Barbara Lesslie, 69, and grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Breaking down Phillip Adams' NFL career: 'I think the football messed him up,' says Adams' father," 8 Apr. 2021 The Marion County coroner's office has not publicly identified the man. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "Man shot and killed after basketball game at Grassy Creek Park," 5 Apr. 2021 The Jefferson County coroner's office pronounced Jones dead at the scene. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "Pine Bluff police open homicide investigation, city's fourth of 2021," 14 Mar. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Coroner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coroner. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce coroner (audio) \

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- How to pronounce coroner (audio) \

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 How to pronounce coroner (audio) \

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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