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 The Los Angeles County coroner’s office did not immediately identify the man who was killed. Nathan Solisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 The coroner’s office classified their deaths as homicides. Staff Report, Chicago Tribune, 6 Nov. 2022 During the pursuit, deputy Miguel Vega fatally shot Guardado in the back five times, according to a family autopsy and the county coroner’s office. Cheri Mossburg, CNN, 2 Nov. 2022 The victims were identified by the coroner's office as Charles Hite, 43, and Martina Hite, 37, who both lived in the home, and their next-door neighbor, 29-year-old Jessica Teague. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2022 The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Lozano had been strangled and Guzman, whose body was badly decomposed, sustained unspecified neck trauma. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 1 Nov. 2022 Editor's note: The coroner's office released the wrong name of the man who was killed. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 31 Oct. 2022 His cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide, the coroner's office said. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2022 The coroner's office is planning on conducting an autopsy and toxicology report on Dee's body, Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, told the newspaper. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 25 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 2 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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