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ˈkɔr ə nər, ˈkɒr-coro·ner

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coroner, medical examinernoun

    a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes


  1. coronernoun

    A public official who presides over an inquest into unnatural deaths.

    Etymology: corona . This is because coroners originally worked for the crown.

  2. coronernoun

    A medical doctor who performs autopsies and determines time and cause of death from a scientific standpoint.

    Etymology: corona . This is because coroners originally worked for the crown.

  3. coronernoun

    The administrative head of a sheading.

    Etymology: corona . This is because coroners originally worked for the crown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coronernoun

    an officer of the peace whose principal duty is to inquire, with the help of a jury, into the cause of any violent, sudden or mysterious death, or death in prison, usually on sight of the body and at the place where the death occurred

    Etymology: [From OE. coronen to crown, OF. coroner, fr. L. coronare, fr. corona crown. Formed as a translation of LL. coronator coroner, fr. L. corona crown, the coroner having been originally a prosecuting officer of the crown. See Crown.]


  1. Coroner

    A coroner is a government official who confirms and certifies the death of an individual within a jurisdiction. A coroner may also conduct or order an investigation into the manner or cause of death, and investigate or confirm the identity of an unknown person who has been found dead within the coroner's jurisdiction. Responsibilities may include overseeing the investigation and certification of deaths related to mass disasters that occur within the coroner's jurisdiction. A coroner's office typically maintains death records of those who have died within the coroner's jurisdiction. Depending on the jurisdiction, the coroner may adjudge the cause of death personally, or may act as the presiding officer of a special court. The office of coroner originated in medieval England and has been adopted in many countries whose legal systems have at some time been subject to English or United Kingdom law. The additional roles that a coroner may oversee in judicial investigations may be subject to the attainment of suitable legal and medical qualifications. The qualifications required of a coroner vary significantly between jurisdictions, and are described under the entry for each jurisdiction.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coroner

    kor′o-nėr, n. an officer whose duty is to hold inquest into the causes of accidental or suspicious deaths. [Late L. coronator—L. corona.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coroner

    An important officer. Seamen should understand that his duties embrace all acts within a line drawn from one headland to another; or within the body of the county. His duty is to investigate, on the part of the crown, all accidents, deaths, wrecks, &c.; and his warrant is not to be contemned or avoided.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coroner in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coroner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of coroner in a Sentence

  1. Jenn Varian:

    Actually, coroner's reports show that there are more heat-related deaths and illnesses at the end of the summer than any other part, because your body is exhausted from fighting extreme heat all summer.

  2. Miles Goslett:

    A coroner is independent of the government, a coroner’s inquest goes into an investigation with an open mind, they don’t go into it to prove a thesis. A public inquiry into this man’s death was to prove a thesis, that he killed himself. It was a whitewash, a travesty.

  3. Edwin Budge:

    The coroner was not privy to all the information.

  4. Richard Walton:

    While I cannot go into further details regarding this live investigation, I can confirm that a team of officers, led by a senior detective from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, are working closely with the Tunisian authorities on both investigations and we have advised the coroner of the connection between the two.

  5. Leon Lott:

    Everybody that was involved in this case has been touched by it. The Coroner's Office, the EMS workers, the dispatchers, our deputies have all went through counseling.

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