[kawr-uh-ner, kor-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. coronate,
  2. coronation,
  3. coronation chicken,
  4. coronavirus,
  5. coronel,
  6. coronet,
  7. coroneted,
  8. coronitis,
  9. coronium,
  10. coronograph

Origin of coroner

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

Related formscor·o·ner·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coroner



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 Formscoronership, 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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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.

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Medicine definitions for coroner




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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