Inquest



[in-kwest] /ˈɪn kwɛst/

noun
1.
a legal or judicial inquiry, usually before a jury, especially an investigation made by a coroner into the cause of a death.
2.
the body of people appointed to hold such an inquiry, especially a coroner’s jury.
3.
the decision or finding based on such inquiry.
4.
an investigation or examination.
/ˈɪnˌkwɛst/
noun
1.
an inquiry into the cause of an unexplained, sudden, or violent death, or as to whether or not property constitutes treasure trove, held by a coroner, in certain cases with a jury
2.
(informal) any inquiry or investigation
n.

late 13c., an-queste “legal or judicial inquiry,” from Old French enqueste “inquiry,” from Vulgar Latin *inquaestia (cf. Italian inchiesta), from fem. past participle of Vulgar Latin *inquirere “inquire” (see inquire).

inquest in·quest (ĭn’kwěst’)
n.

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