coroner

noun
cor·o·ner | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nər , 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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The coroner's office ruled Edwards died of natural causes from hypertensive cardiovascular disease, an autopsy report shows. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Mother of 5 who died while detoxing in Orleans jail endured 'difficult times,' family says," 30 May 2018 The coroner’s report lists the day he was found as his day of death: May 13, 1984. Chris Graves, Cincinnati.com, "Pike County: Death in the foothills," 15 May 2018 The actions of the coroner's office and Lopinto were largely praised Monday by Robinson's family and a local NAACP leader. Tina Burnside And Darran Simon, CNN, "Death of black man during arrest in Louisiana ruled homicide," 14 May 2018 North Korea denies torturing Warmbier, and a US coroner report last September found no obvious signs of torture. Alex Ward, Vox, "North Korea has just released 3 American hostages," 9 May 2018 He was found dead Friday morning at the Civic Plaza apartments on Front Street, the coroner’s report said. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Coroner IDs 64-year-old man found stabbed to death in Boise apartment on Friday | Idaho Statesman," 16 Apr. 2018 When the final buzzer sounded, the box score read like a coroner’s report on Kansas. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Villanova rains, drains 3-pointers to thwart Kansas in Final Four," 31 Mar. 2018 The Crown Point police, fire and EMS departments assisted in the incident, according to the coroner’s report. Michelle L Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Two dead in separate Lake County shootings," 18 Feb. 2018 Harry Taliefer, 13, died of gunshot wounds to the arm and neck, the Marion County coroner's office said Friday. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Coroner identifies teen killed in east-side shooting," 13 July 2018

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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

Anglo-French, recorder of crown pleas, from corone crown

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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 \

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- \

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 \

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

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