noun an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death
OE. enqueste, OF. enqueste, F. enquête, LL. inquesta, for inquisita, fr. L. inquisitus, p.p. of inquirere. See Inquire.
Inquiry; quest; search. R.
The laborious and vexatious inquest that the soul must make after science.
(Law)(a)Judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a jury; as, a coroner's inquest in case of a sudden death.(b)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.(c)The finding of the jury upon such inquiry.Craig. Bouvier.