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morgue

[mawrg] /mɔrg/
noun
1.
a place in which bodies are kept, especially the bodies of victims of violence or accidents, pending identification or burial.
2.
a reference file of old clippings, mats, books, etc., in a newspaper office.
3.
the room containing such a reference file.
4.
any place, as a room or file, where records, information, or objects are kept for unexpected but possible future use.
5.
such records, information, or objects.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < French; name of building in Paris housing unidentified dead bodies
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Examples for morgue
  • 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.
  • Relief workers carried corpses to an ice rink that had been converted into a morgue.
  • The concrete floor, tile walls, and big sink gave the place the ambience of a morgue.
  • It seems that every time you lie down for a quick nap, you wake up on a slab in the morgue.
  • If you're looking for something to decorate your mad science lab or morgue, this is the place to buy it.
  • Freeman, the laboratory director at a mental hospital, spent many late nights bent over the dissecting table at the morgue.
  • After, being embalmed at the morgue, he was buried in the local cemetery.
  • If you were working in the morgue on a body, you had to complete it, no matter if it took you till six o'clock.
  • Rose was interrupted by cheers from a nearby garage: the morgue truck, making its final run.
British Dictionary definitions for morgue

morgue1

/mɔːɡ/
noun
1.
another word for mortuary (sense 1)
2.
(informal) a room or file containing clippings, files, etc, used for reference in a newspaper
Word Origin
C19: from French la Morgue, a Paris mortuary

morgue2

/mɔrɡ/
noun
1.
superiority; haughtiness
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Word Origin and History for morgue
morgue
"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 in Medicine

morgue (môrg)
n.
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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