Definition of coroner in US English:



  • 1An official who investigates violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths.

    • ‘There has been no request from a coroner to investigate a suspicious death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At her inquest, the coroner recorded an open verdict because he was not convinced she intended to kill herself.’
    • ‘The circumstances of the two deaths will be passed to the coroner so that inquests can be held.’
    • ‘Officers from the police and fire services are compiling a report which will be passed to the coroner for an inquest.’
    • ‘The Cumbrian police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.’
    • ‘The families have secured a commitment from the government that a coroner's inquest will be held into the deaths.’
    • ‘Officers are investigating what happened on behalf of the coroner, before an inquest takes place.’
    • ‘Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances and the matter has been passed to the coroner for an inquest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The full police file would be passed to the coroner for an inquest.’
    • ‘It has been referred to the coroner for the inquest to go ahead.’
    • ‘These will likely lead to a coroner's inquest to determine the cause of the one fatality.’
    • ‘At an inquest last month the coroner said a police inquiry should be held.’
    • ‘The matter has now been referred to the coroner and an inquest into the death will be held in due course.’
    • ‘Police are preparing a report for the coroner and an inquest will be held.’
    1. 1.1historical In England, 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’.