[ mawrg ]
/ mɔrg /


a place in which bodies are kept, especially the bodies of victims of violence or accidents, pending identification or burial.
a reference file of old clippings, mats, books, etc., in a newspaper office.
the room containing such a reference file.
any place, as a room or file, where records, information, or objects are kept for unexpected but possible future use.
such records, information, or objects.

Origin of morgue

1815–25; < French; name of building in Paris housing unidentified dead bodies Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morgue (1 of 2)

/ (mɔːɡ) /


another word for mortuary (def. 1)
informal a room or file containing clippings, files, etc, used for reference in a newspaper

Word Origin for morgue

C19: from French la Morgue, a Paris mortuary

British Dictionary definitions for morgue (2 of 2)

/ French (mɔrɡ) /


superiority; haughtiness
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Medicine definitions for morgue

[ môrg ]


A place in which dead bodies are temporarily kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
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