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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office was working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois State Police and the county coroner. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 There were 719 deaths reported to the province's coroners between June 25 and July 1 -- three times as many as would normally occur during that time period, according to a statement from Lisa Lapointe, British Columbia's chief coroner. David Williams, CNN, 10 July 2021 In Canada, British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said Friday that 719 sudden and unexpected deaths have been reported in the province during the heat wave, and that number over a seven-day period is unprecedented. Manuel Valdes, ajc, 3 July 2021 British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa LaPointe, said Friday that 719 sudden and unexpected deaths were reported in the province during the heat wave, an unprecedented number. Fox News, 3 July 2021 The chief coroner of British Columbia said at least 486 sudden deaths were reported in the province from Friday to Wednesday afternoon, a five-day period in which 165 such deaths are typically reported. New York Times, 1 July 2021 British Columbia’s Coroners Service had received reports of 486 sudden and unexpected deaths between Friday and Wednesday afternoon, chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 British Columbia's chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office would normally receive about 130 death reports over a four-day period. Jim Morris And Nicholas K. Geranios, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office would normally receive about 130 death reports over a four-day period. BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coroner. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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