[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. morganton,
  2. morgantown,
  3. morgen,
  4. morgenthau,
  5. morgenthau, henry,
  6. mori,
  7. moria,
  8. moriah,
  9. moribund,
  10. morini

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


/ (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


superiority; haughtiness
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Word Origin and History for morgue


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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