What does the word inquest mean?

Usage examples for inquest

  1. Why didn't you tell this at the inquest. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  2. Ef I was to lay for a man that I reckoned was named Jones, and after I fetched him I found out on the inquest that his real name was Smith, that wouldn't make no matter, as long as I got the man. – Drift from Two Shores by Bret Harte
  3. A month after the marriage, the body of this brother was found in the Thames, near London Bridge; there seemed some marks of violence about his throat, but they were not deemed sufficient to warrant the inquest in any other verdict than that of " found drowned." – The Boy Scouts Book of Stories by Various