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

Example Sentences

The coroner examined the body but found no evidence of foul play.
Recent Examples on the Web More than 10,000 bones and bone fragments were discovered on the farm's land, according to the coroner's office. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Nov. 2022 The coroner's office was still in the process of identifying the victims Friday night and did not have their ages. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 26 Nov. 2022 The coroner's office could not comment on whether the Poston had any disabilities as the office awaits court documents relating to the case. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 25 Nov. 2022 The four were stabbed to death in their beds and likely were asleep when they were attacked, a county coroner told a cable news channel. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2022 Of the four University of Idaho students who were found stabbed to death in a rental house last Sunday, some were killed in their beds, the Latah County coroner told CBS News Friday. CBS News, 18 Nov. 2022 Daryl Britt, 58, died Wednesday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the coroner's office said in a release. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 18 Nov. 2022 The Latah County coroner told the New York Times that none of the deaths are considered suicides. Emma Epperly, The Spokesman-review, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Nov. 2022 But Ben, 29, hadn't been strangled by a reptile, the coroner told Sam on the spot. Jeff Truesdell, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near coroner

Cite this Entry

“Coroner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coroner. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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

History and Etymology for coroner

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

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