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 In his 30 years as the coroner, Clevenger told CBS affiliate WSPA-TV this is unlike anything he's ever seen. CBS News, "Baby's remains found in wall during home renovations in South Carolina," 5 Jan. 2021 Family members or anyone with knowledge of family is asked to call the coroner’s office at 205-930-3603. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Family sought for 56-year-old man killed in Birmingham’s Linn Park," 5 Jan. 2021 During the same time frame, 73 people died from drug overdoses compared to 64 the previous year, according to the coroner’s office. Yadira Sanchez Olson, chicagotribune.com, "Year in review: COVID-19 pandemic’s toll includes 700 Lake County deaths and increased anxiety, stress, addiction," 30 Dec. 2020 Daniel Patten II of Long Beach died after the incident Friday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, "Officials ID man killed at illegal street racing event in Carson on Christmas," 27 Dec. 2020 The county coroner's office identified him as Justin Goss, 40, of Glendale, the Los Angeles Times reported. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Man who attacked ex-girlfriend killed by victim's mom and sister with golf club and kitchen knife, California police say," 30 Nov. 2020 The Marion County coroner's office identified the victim as 16-year-old Karla Vasquez. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "16-year-old girl killed in shooting at JW Marriott identified, suspect in custody," 21 Nov. 2020 An autopsy will likely be performed next week, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "One custodian dead, another hospitalized in mysterious chemical incident at Dublin middle school," 23 Dec. 2020 The coroner's report says the passenger was a 69-year-old man from Los Angeles. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "United passenger on flight from Orlando to Los Angeles died of respiratory failure, COVID-19: Coroner," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of coroner was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2021

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“Coroner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coroner. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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