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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An autopsy will be conducted by the Clark County coroner in Las Vegas. Michelle L. Price, The Seattle Times, "Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead," 17 Oct. 2018 Having been told by the coroner that Natalie’s teeth were removed with pliers, Willis bought himself a pig’s head and experimented with pulling out its teeth, to see how much strength such a thing would take. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 2 Recap: Appearances Are Everything," 16 July 2018 The time of the crash was established by a wristwatch, stopped at 1:47, found at the crash scene by an Orange County deputy coroner. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 26, 1945: Air crash kills Camp Pendleton Marines," 26 June 2018 That's all Nella Mosley had for the Jackson County coroner. Joe Robertson, Glenn E. Rice, Max Londberg And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "'A huge mistake': Families of 2 men shot and killed by KC police waiting for answers," 19 June 2018 Police said Kparker was unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead from blunt force trauma by a Porter County deputy coroner. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter doctor remembered after fatal crash," 29 May 2018 The victim, identified by the coroner as 29-year-old Jarivas Jarrow, was shot and killed in the 1700 block of Eagle Street. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "New Orleans coroner ID's 2 men killed in separate shootings Thursday," 25 May 2018 Smith, of Boaz, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Fulton County coroner, according to the release, and an autopsy is scheduled to take place Saturday. Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Missing police officer found dead Saturday in flooded field in west Kentucky," 3 Mar. 2018 The coroner’s office ruled Longenecker’s July 9 death an accident, and Adams determined that state police acted reasonably in their search. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "DA: Police justified in chasing drug suspect with bulldozer," 28 Aug. 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

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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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