Morgue meaning

môrg
A place in which the bodies of persons found dead are kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
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A building or room where dead bodies are kept before their proper burial or cremation.
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A place in which the bodies of persons found dead are kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
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A reference file in a newspaper or magazine office.
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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.
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The collection of back numbers, photographs, clippings, etc. kept in the office of a newspaper, magazine, etc.
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Origin of morgue

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French morgue. The second sense developed from the first, via "a prison examination room", probably with reference to the haughty attitude of the jailers.

    From Wiktionary