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 The coroner’s office ruled the children died from exposure. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "2 Arizona Siblings Died While Strapped Into Car Seats, as Mom Pleads Guilty to Murder," 7 Nov. 2019 The coroner’s office ruled her death a homicide by asphyxia/suffocation, the sheriff’s office said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Woman arrested in connection to 1996 “Baby Faith” cold case," 5 Nov. 2019 The Pickens County coroner, Kandy Kelley, said 25 people died of a drug overdose in the county last year, topped by 39 as of September this year, mostly from a combination of meth, opioids and other substances. Christine Vestal, USA TODAY, "Cheap and powerful 'meth 2.0' is ravaging communities and slowly killing its victims," 2 Nov. 2019 The Floyd County coroner will perform an autopsy at an undetermined date. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Body pulled from Ohio River near Silver Creek sparks death investigation," 28 Oct. 2019 The Contra Costa County coroner identified the victims as: Whitney Pearl, 30; Jose Torres, Jr., 30; and Robert Taylor, 58. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Woman, 2 men from Richmond killed when Amtrak train strikes vehicle," 28 Oct. 2019 At least 11 were taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and the local coroner began postmortem examinations on Friday. Patrick Smith, NBC News, "Police make people trafficking arrests over 39 U.K. truck deaths," 25 Oct. 2019 Balgo remains the Belmont County coroner, though his clinics have closed. John Caniglia, cleveland, "’Numbers off the charts’: SE Ohio coroner accused of prescribing 1.5 million opioid pills in private practice," 13 Oct. 2019 Despite the coroner’s finding that Aburto was electrocuted, which was reported in the local newspaper, Hensley maintained to ProPublica that Aburto died of a heart attack. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s USDA Is Letting Factories With Troubling Safety Records Slaughter Chickens Even Faster," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

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“Coroner.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coroner. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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coroner

noun
How to pronounce coroner (audio)

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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