morgue definition by Webster's New World
- 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: so named in ref. to the dead news it containsthe collection of back numbers, photographs, clippings, etc. kept in the office of a newspaper, magazine, etc.
Origin: French morgue, earlier, identification room of a prison: origin, originally , “haughty air” ; from dialect, dialectal morre, snout: see moraine
morgue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A place in which the bodies of persons found dead are kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
- A reference file in a newspaper or magazine office.
Origin: French, from la Morgue, building in Paris used as a morgue, probably from morgue, haughty manner, from Old French morguer, to look at solemnly, from Vulgar Latin *murricāre, to make a face, from *murrum, muzzle.
morgue - Medical Definition