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.

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Dozens of officers stood in salute outside the hospital late Monday as Moye’s body was loaded into a hearse and taken to the coroner’s office. Los Angeles Times, "Riverside shooting suspect had a long criminal history, records show," 13 Aug. 2019 Across town, the coroner’s office was working on the autopsy reports of the Oregon District victims. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Leading Dayton, Ohio, in an Era of Guns, Trump, and Madness," 12 Aug. 2019 The deaths of Stephen Romero, 6, Keyla Salazar, 13, and Trevor Irby, 25, were classified as homicides by the coroner’s office. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Coroner: Gilroy shooting victims died of chest, back gunshot wounds," 5 Aug. 2019 An autopsy is expected later this week, according to the coroner’s office. Daily Pilot, "Pedestrian killed in collision involving on-duty state parks officer near Crystal Cove State Park," 31 July 2019 The Lincoln County coroner says the explosion has killed at least one person, according to LEX18. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Reports: Gas explosion kills at least one person in Lincoln County, Kentucky," 1 Aug. 2019 His blood alcohol level was 0.495% at the time of his death, the coroner said. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Former Louisiana State University student convicted in fraternity hazing death," 17 July 2019 L’Jean McKneely said over the weekend that investigators were still waiting for a coroner to determine a cause of death for Sadie Roberts-Joseph after her body was found Friday afternoon. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 Joylyn Craig testified in a preliminary hearing that the coroner ruled both died from multiple stab wounds. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Prosecutors seek death penalty for both suspects in stabbing deaths of Birmingham grandparents," 16 July 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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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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