- 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
- 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 of morgueFrench 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