[ mawrg ]
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  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.

  1. the room containing such a reference file.

  2. any place, as a room or file, where records, information, or objects are kept for unexpected but possible future use.

  3. such records, information, or objects.

Origin of morgue

1815–25; <French; name of building in Paris housing unidentified dead bodies

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How to use morgue in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for morgue (1 of 2)


/ (mɔːɡ) /

  1. another word for mortuary (def. 1)

  2. informal a room or file containing clippings, files, etc, used for reference in a newspaper

Origin of morgue

C19: from French la Morgue, a Paris mortuary

British Dictionary definitions for morgue (2 of 2)


/ French (mɔrɡ) /

  1. superiority; haughtiness

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