Definition of inquest:
- A body of men assembled under authority of law to inquire into any matterm civil or criminal, particularly any case of violent or sudden death; a jury, particularly a coroner's jury. The grand jury is sometimes called the grand inquest. See under Grand.
- Inquiry; quest; search.
- Judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a jury; as, a coroner's inquest in case of a sudden death.
- The finding of the jury upon such inquiry.
- "Max Carrados", Ernest Bramah.
Worse than that, however, Clara Hewett, who was losing half a day's work on Jane's account, made a very emphatic statement as to the origin of the illness, and said that if anything happened to Jane, there would be disagreeable facts forthcoming at a coroner's inquest.- "The Nether World", George Gissing.
- "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Oscar Wilde.