[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.
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

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.

coroner cor·o·ner (kôr’ə-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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