coroner

noun

cor·​o·​ner ˈkȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce coroner (audio)
ˈkär-
: 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 Police said the coroner’s office pronounced the mother dead at the scene and an autopsy is pending. WNEP reported that an 11-year-old boy in the home was also found with stab wounds, but is expected to survive. USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 Sheryl Lynn Webster, 56, was the fourth victim of the tornado in Wynne, the coroner's office confirmed. Bill Bowden, arkansasonline.com, 29 Mar. 2024 Now, a coroner’s report has reportedly found that the boy died of a heart defect, with heat and physical exertion as contributing factors. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 The coroner is now set to determine the official cause of death. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Cold temperatures and alcohol intoxication were also associated with his death, according to the coroner's office. Juhi Doshi, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2024 The coroner will determine the cause of death, Nieto said. Jay Croft, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 The coroner’s office says Ian Hollopeter, 22, died as a result of the crash. Fox19, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2024 Again, there were oddities documented in the coroner’s roll. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Coroner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coroner. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner ˈkȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce coroner (audio)
ˈkär-
: a public officer whose chief duty is to discover the causes of any death possibly not due to natural causes

Medical Definition

coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner ˈkȯr-ə-nər, ˈkär- How to pronounce coroner (audio)
: 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

Legal Definition

coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner ˈkȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce coroner (audio)
: 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
Etymology

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

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