from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A public officer whose primary function is to investigate by inquest any death thought to be of other than natural causes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A public official who presides over an inquest into unnatural deaths.
- n. A medical doctor who performs autopsies and determines time and cause of death from a scientific standpoint.
- n. The administrative head of a sheading.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A county or municipal officer formerly charged with the interests of the private property of the crown, but whose main function in modern times is to hold inquest on the bodies of those who may be supposed to have died violent deaths.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes
The term coroner is derived from the Anglo-Norman word, corouner.
As a dark-skinned zombie who has had the benefit of spending time in coroner autopsy rooms looking at a wide range of actual dead bodies, I have a sense of what brown dead bodies look like.
And one of them — the guy who played the munchkin coroner — even sublimely dozes off during the chatty, chirpy interview, which you can watch here:
For example, he claimed to have played the Munchkin coroner (actually Meinhardt Raabe) or recorded that character's voice (all the Munchkin voices were ordinary actors sped up).
When they get to popping off, someone call the coroner.
Paul feels like the story isn't adding up, especially after the town coroner is murdered, and the more he digs, the less sense it makes.
Any well trained Molc knows how to use their 6″ gold Monte Blanc ball point on a MOP in such a manner that coroner is tested on his deductive powers for the cause of departure. on December 12, 2008 at 11: 22 pm | Reply Rogerborg
KING: As a family member, couldn't you call the coroner and the others and say what's going on?
Later, he called the coroner again, who seemed irritated now.
And in the morning I called the coroner's office and said, Hello?