Definition of coroner in English:



  • 1An official who holds inquests into violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths, and (in Britain) inquiries into cases of treasure trove.

    • ‘Police are preparing a report for the coroner and an inquest will be held.’
    • ‘It has been referred to the coroner for the inquest to go ahead.’
    • ‘Dame Janet said that in the minds of coroners, if a death was not immediately identified as suspicious, it will be found to be due to natural causes.’
    • ‘Officers are investigating what happened on behalf of the coroner, before an inquest takes place.’
    • ‘At an inquest last month the coroner said a police inquiry should be held.’
    • ‘The full police file would be passed to the coroner for an inquest.’
    • ‘The families have secured a commitment from the government that a coroner's inquest will be held into the deaths.’
    • ‘The circumstances of the two deaths will be passed to the coroner so that inquests can be held.’
    • ‘These will likely lead to a coroner's inquest to determine the cause of the one fatality.’
    • ‘If the State pathologist confirms a death is due to unnatural causes the coroner must hold an inquest by law.’
    • ‘The men are suspended at present and still face possible disciplinary proceedings as well as a coroner's inquest.’
    • ‘The matter has now been referred to the coroner and an inquest into the death will be held in due course.’
    • ‘There has been no request from a coroner to investigate a suspicious death.’
    • ‘Officers from the police and fire services are compiling a report which will be passed to the coroner for an inquest.’
    • ‘The function of the coroner's inquest is to establish the cause of death, not to apportion blame.’
    • ‘At the inquest into the deaths the coroner had criticised fire safety standards in British furniture.’
    • ‘Mr Fell consulted coroners around Britain and has been told of another death in Liverpool, last year, where it is claimed that a staple gun misfired.’
    • ‘The Cumbrian police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.’
    • ‘At her inquest, the coroner recorded an open verdict because he was not convinced she intended to kill herself.’
    • ‘Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances and the matter has been passed to the coroner for an inquest.’
    1. 1.1historical An official responsible for safeguarding the private property of the Crown.
      • ‘Mr Field must now wait for the Suffolk coroner to hold an inquest to decide if the coins are treasure trove of if they will be returned to him.’


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French coruner, from corune ‘a crown’ (see crown); reflecting the Latin title custos placitorum coronae ‘guardian of the pleas of the Crown’.