a place in which bodies are kept, especially the bodies of victims of violence or accidents, pending identification or burial.
a reference file of old clippings, mats, books, etc., in a newspaper office.
the room containing such a reference file.
any place, as a room or file, where records, information, or objects are kept for unexpected but possible future use.
such records, information, or objects.

1815–25; < French; name of building in Paris housing unidentified dead bodies Unabridged
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morgue1 (mɔːɡ)
1.  another word for mortuary
2.  informal a room or file containing clippings, files, etc, used for reference in a newspaper
[C19: from French la Morgue, a Paris mortuary]

morgue2 (mɔrɡ)
superiority; haughtiness

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Word Origin & History

"mortuary," 1821, from Fr. Morgue, originally a specific building in Paris where bodies were exposed for identification; originally the place where new prisoners were displayed to keepers to establish their identification. Probably from morgue "haughtiness," originally "a sad expression, solemn look,"
from O.Fr. morguer "look solemnly," from V.L. *murricare "to make a face, pout," from *murrum "muzzle, snout." Adopted as a general term in U.S., 1880s, replacing earlier dead house, etc. In newspaper slang, "collection of pre-written obituary material of living persons" (1903), hence "library of clips, photos, etc.," 1918.
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morgue (môrg)
A place in which dead bodies are temporarily kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.

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Police came and took her gently aside and told her they would try to find the name of the morgue.
Today he picked up her mangled body from the city morgue.
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The concrete floor, tile walls, and big sink gave the place the ambience of a
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