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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coroner  \Cor"o*ner\  (k?r"?-n?r),  n.  [From  OE  coronen  to  crown, 
  OF  coroner,  fr  L.  coronare,  fr  corona  crown.  Formed  as  a 
  translation  of  LL  coronator  coroner,  fr  L.  corona  crown, 
  the  coroner  having  been  originally  a  prosecuting  officer  of 
  the  crown.  See  {Crown}.] 
  An  officer  of  the  peace  whose  principal  duty  is  to  inquire, 
  with  the  help  of  a  jury,  into  the  cause  of  any  violent, 
  sudden  or  mysterious  death,  or  death  in  prison,  usually  on 
  sight  of  the  body  and  at  the  place  where  the  death  occurred. 
  [In  England  formerly  also  written  and  pronounced  {crowner}.] 
 
  Note:  In  some  of  the  United  States  the  office  of  coroner  is 
  abolished,  that  of  medical  examiner  taking  its  place 
 
  {Coroner's  inquest}.  See  under  {Inquest}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coroner 
  n  :  a  public  official  who  investigates  by  inquest  any  death  not 
  due  to  natural  causes  [syn:  {medical  examiner}] 




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