- a legal or judicial inquiry, usually before a jury, especially an investigation made by a coroner into the cause of a death.
- the body of people appointed to hold such an inquiry, especially a coroner’s jury.
- the decision or finding based on such inquiry.
- an investigation or examination.
- an inquiry into the cause of an unexplained, sudden, or violent death, or as to whether or not property constitutes treasure trove, held by a coroner, in certain cases with a jury
- informal any inquiry or investigation
late 13c., an-queste “legal or judicial inquiry,” from Old French enqueste “inquiry,” from Vulgar Latin *inquaestia (cf. Italian inchiesta), from fem. past participle of Vulgar Latin *inquirere “inquire” (see inquire).
- A legal inquiry into the cause of violent or mysterious death.
- The finding based on such an inquiry.