- an officer, as of a county or municipality, whose chief function is to investigate by inquest, as before a jury, any death not clearly resulting from natural causes.
Origin of coroner
Examples from the Web for coroner
Even the coroner determined that the cause of death was "homicide."Cops, CIA Share a Culture of Lawlessness
December 12, 2014
The coroner would also note the tiny hemorrhages that accompany strangulation.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
The coroner said the call had been "clearly pressing on her mind" but that she had had "appropriate" support from the hospital.
At last month's inquest, Coroner Fiona Wilcox concluded Mrs Saldanha had taken her own life.
When Mr. Cohen was asked by the coroner whether Peaches had been a heroin addict, he replied, "Yes."Peaches Geldof Was A Former Heroin Addict Who Was On Methadone When She Overdosed
July 23, 2014
Pete says you better notify the coroner—and I reckon the sheriff, too.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Meanwhile at Redcross Farm, the Coroner was holding his inquiry.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
"Thank you, Mr. Dunbar; that will do for the present," said the coroner.
There was a pause, during which the coroner looked very thoughtful.
They've taken his body to the Red Lion, and the coroner is there from Gaskarth.The Shadow of a Crime
Word Origin and History for coroner
late 12c., from Anglo-French curuner, from Latin custos placitorum coronae, originally the title of the officer with the duty of protecting the property of the royal family, from Latin corona, literally "crown" (see crown (n.)). The duties of the office gradually narrowed and by 17c. the chief function was to determine the cause of death in cases not obviously natural.
- A public officer whose primary function is to investigate by inquest any death thought to be of other than natural causes.