Definition of coroner noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɒrənə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrənər//
, NAmE//ˈkɑːrənər//
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an official whose job is to discover the cause of any sudden, violent or suspicious death by holding an inquest Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French coruner, from corune ‘a crown, ’ coruner (verb), Old French corone (noun), coroner (verb), from Latin corona ‘wreath, chaplet’; reflecting the Latin title custos placitorum coronae ‘guardian of the pleas of the Crown’.Extra examples The coroner issued a burial certificate. The coroner ordered an investigation into the man’s death. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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