[ kawr-uh-ner, kor- ]
/ ˈkɔr ə nər, ˈkɒr- /


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

1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French corouner supervisor of the Crown's pleas, equivalent to coroune crown + -er -er2


cor·o·ner·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for coroner

/ (ˈkɒrənə) /


a public official responsible for the investigation of violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths and inquiries into treasure trove. The investigation (coroner's inquest) is held in the presence of a jury (coroner's jury)See also procurator fiscal Compare medical examiner

Derived forms of coroner

coronership, noun

Word Origin for coroner

C14: from Anglo-French corouner officer in charge of the pleas of the Crown, from Old French corone crown
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Medical definitions for coroner

[ kôrə-nər ]


A public officer whose primary function is to investigate by inquest any death thought to be of other than natural causes.
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