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cor·o·ner

 (kôr′ə-nər, kŏr′-)
n.
A public officer whose primary function is to investigate any death thought to be of other than natural causes.

[Middle English, officer of the crown, from Anglo-Norman corouner, from coroune, crown, from Latin corōna; see crown.]

cor′o·ner·ship′ n.
Word History: Coroner comes from Anglo-Norman corouner, a word derived from coroune, "crown." Corouner was the term used for the royal judicial officer who was called in Latin custos placitorum coronae, or "guardian of the crown's pleas." The person holding the office of coroner, a position dating from the 12th century, was charged with keeping local records of legal proceedings in which the crown had jurisdiction. He helped raise money for the crown by funneling the property of executed criminals into the king's treasury. The coroner also investigated any suspicious deaths among the Normans, who as the ruling class wanted to be sure that their deaths were not taken lightly. At one time in England all criminal proceedings were included in the coroner's responsibilities. Over the years these responsibilities decreased markedly. In the United States, although there is no longer any crown, a coroner's main duty is the investigation of any sudden, violent, or unexpected death.

coroner

(ˈkɒrənə)
n
(Law) 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
[C14: from Anglo-French corouner officer in charge of the pleas of the Crown, from Old French corone crown]
ˈcoronerˌship n

cor•o•ner

(ˈkɔr ə nər, ˈkɒr-)

n.
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.
[1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French corouner supervisor of the Crown's pleas =coroune crown + -er -er2]
cor′o•ner•ship`, n.

coroner

A public official who holds an inquest to investigate any sudden or suspicious death.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coroner - a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causescoroner - a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes
investigator - someone who investigates
Translations
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embedslægeretsmediciner
halottkém
dánardómstjóri
koroneris
kriminālmeklētājs
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coroner

[ˈkɒrənəʳ] Njuez mf de instrucción

coroner

[ˈkɒrənər] ncoroner m

coroner

[ˈkɒrənəʳ] ncoroner m inv (pubblico ufficiale che indaga casi di morte sospetta)

coroner

(ˈkorənə) noun
an official who inquires into the causes of accidental or sudden, unexpected deaths.

cor·o·ner

n. médico-a forense, investigador de causas de muerte no naturales.

coroner

n forense mf, médico -ca mf forense, médico -ca mf legista (esp. Mex), oficial mf encargado de investigar casos de muerte
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The body can't be touched until we get the coroner here from Black Hawk, and that will be a matter of several days, this weather.
In fact, he was glad to see her, glad to hear her tale; with that adventure of hers to offer, she was as welcome as a corpse is to a coroner.
Sid noticed that Tom never was coroner at one of these inquiries, though it had been his habit to take the lead in all new enterprises; he noticed, too, that Tom never acted as a witness -- and that was strange; and Sid did not overlook the fact that Tom even showed a marked aversion to these inquests, and always avoided them when he could.
Danby, the District Coroner, on the body of Sibyl Vane, a young actress recently engaged at the Royal Theatre, Holborn.
She was even by the Willow Brook; she made his mother angry by coming into the house; and he met her with her smart clothes quite wet through, as he walked in the rain to Treddleston, to tell the coroner.
My uncle he married an American woman for his second, and she took it up like a like the coroner.
Those are the main facts of the case as they came out before the coroner and the police-court.
He is understood to be in want of witnesses for the inquest to-morrow who can tell the coroner and jury anything whatever respecting the deceased.
But the coroner discovered them, and made a fearful fuss.
Chichely, the coroner, a great coursing comrade of Mr.
Never mind the coroner, the coroner must keep in his own district--and the jury too.
I should not think of making a corrupt proposal to you, sir; but if I were Commissioner of Shrimps and Crabs, I might have some influence with the water-front population, and be able to help you make your fight for Coroner.