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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The county coroner told KFVS Girard, 41, died from asphyxiation due to blunt force trauma to the neck. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Parents beat a man to death, Missouri sheriff says. They said he had hit their son," 12 June 2018 Clark was shot seven times on March 18, with the first bullet hitting the front of his body, according to the county coroner’s autopsy released Tuesday by Sacramento police. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "Stephon Clark killing: Coroner report differs from private autopsy of police shooting," 2 May 2018 Schubert has appealed for patience, saying her office continues to wait for Sacramento police and county coroner’s findings. Darrell Smith, sacbee, "'She protects us': New ad touts break in East Area Rapist case | The Sacramento Bee," 1 May 2018 The first of the four drugs was administered at 10:24 a.m. local time, and the county coroner pronounced Mr. Moore dead at 10:47 a.m., according to Nebraska’s Department of Correctional Services. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Nebraska Executes Inmate With Drug Cocktail Including Fentanyl," 14 Aug. 2018 The Alameda County coroner issued a death certificate. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Jahi McMath, girl at center of debate over brain death, dies, mother says," 29 June 2018 The Warren County coroner pronounced the people dead on the scene, the release said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "2 dead after airplane crash in western Illinois," 24 June 2018 Roughly an hour after the shooting, authorities found Radford, 33, of Cartersville, dead at his wife’s home on Willow Bend Drive, Bartow County coroner Joel Guyton told The AJC. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Funeral set for prominent attorney killed at law office," 22 June 2018 Two Kentucky State Police officers and a county coroner were indicted on multiple counts Thursday including stealing hundreds of rounds of ammo and more than a dozen weapons, and illegally transporting moonshine and eyeballs. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Ammo, moonshine and eyeballs: Kentucky cops and coroner indicted," 7 June 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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