- a place where the bodies of unknown dead persons or those dead of unknown causes are kept to be examined, identified, etc. before burial or cremation
Origin of morgueso named in ref. to the dead news it contains the collection of back numbers, photographs, clippings, etc. kept in the office of a newspaper, magazine, etc.
Origin of morgueFr, morgue, earlier, identification room of a prison: origin, originally , “haughty air” from dialect, dialectal morre, snout: see moraine