Definition of morgue
1 : a place where the bodies of dead persons are kept temporarily pending identification or release for burial or autopsy
2 : a collection of reference works and files of reference material in a newspaper or news periodical office
Examples of morgue in a Sentence
old news stories found in a newspaper morgue
Recent Examples of morgue from the Web
As Japan Times’ Mizuho Aoki notes, these corpse hotels, known as itai hoteru in Japan, were invented as an alternative to sparse morgues where bodies were kept in impersonal cold storage.
Outside a nightclub near Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Broward Sheriff’s detectives paused as a man’s draped body was loaded into an SUV for a trip to the morgue.
The body count is so overwhelming in Akron that the medical examiner's office had to call in a mobile morgue parked outside its building to help house victims.
At the beach at San Hlan village, where fisherman brought in bodies Thursday to be sent by truck to a morgue, soldiers tasked with the recovery took shelter Friday in villagers’ homes from the heavy tropical downpour.
But a funny, though not remotely unexpected thing, happened on the way to the morgue: The Rangers haven’t pronounced their playoff chances dead, not with more than 100 games remaining.
Inside an Ohio morgue Monday lay the tiny body of one of the youngest victims of the opioid epidemic ravaging the state: an 18-month-old boy from Akron.
By then Markham's body was being transported to the morgue.
Another key dick scene takes place in a morgue—when the flaccid penis of a slain local councilman becomes the focal point of a shot, framed directly between Johnson and Efron.
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Origin and Etymology of morgue
First Known Use: 1795See Words from the same year
MORGUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of morgue for English Language Learners
: a place where the bodies of dead people are kept until they are buried or cremated
: a place in the editorial offices of a newspaper, magazine, etc., where old articles and other documents are kept
Medical Definition of morgue
: a place where the bodies of dead persons are kept temporarily pending identification or release for burial or autopsy
Legal Definition of morgue
: a place where the bodies of persons found dead are kept until identified and claimed by relatives or released for burial or autopsy
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