a public official responsible for the investigation of violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths and inquiries into treasure trove. The investigation (coroner's inquest) is held in the presence of a jury (coroner's jury) See also procurator fiscalCompare medical examiner
C14: from Anglo-French corouner officer in charge of the pleas of the Crown, from Old French coronecrown
1194, from Anglo-Fr. curuner, from L. custos placitorum coronæ, originally officer with the duty of protecting the property of the royal family, from L. corona "crown." Present duties established by 17c.