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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Two men killed when their car crashed into a light pole in Dublin early Thursday have been identified, the Alameda County coroner’s office said. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "2 men identified after fatal crash into Dublin light pole," 5 July 2019 Police did not name the man who was killed, but the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified him as Gabriel Crispo, 49, of San Gabriel, according to KTLA-TV Channel 5. Alex Wigglesworth, latimes.com, "Suspected street-racing crash kills a man and his dog in San Marino, police say," 5 July 2019 The El Paso County coroner’s office identified a man who died at the scene as Kevin Santana-Villa, 18 of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Police Department said in a news release Thursday. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Coroner IDs two men who died in shooting on Colorado Springs school grounds," 4 July 2019 On Monday, the Riverside County coroner’s office confirmed his identity. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Widow grateful that six-month search for her missing husband is over," 3 July 2019 Dee Baldwin, of the coroner’s office, said the cause and manner of death are being investigated. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Missing San Ramon woman killed in Highway 1 crash," 2 July 2019 The Jefferson Parish coroner’s office has identified the 3-year-old girl who died after she was rescued from a burning Metairie apartment Sunday (June 23) as Kamryn Frank. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "Coroner’s office names 3-year-old who died after Metairie fire," 24 June 2019 According to the LaPorte County coroner’s office, Ralph’s body was retrieved from the lake by his old friend, Dr. James Sprecher, who called 911 and began CPR. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "Man scatters ashes of wife of 64 years at lake, then drops dead in the water," 22 June 2019 The coroner’s office was called to the scene and an autopsy was conducted on Tuesday. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora woman who died in fatal crash identified," 12 June 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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