morgue

noun
\ ˈmȯrg How to pronounce morgue (audio) \

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

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The morgue used fingerprints to identify the body as Brittman, the lawsuit said. Darran Simon, CNN, "Chicago families sue after a case of mistaken identity allowed a man to be taken off life support," 4 July 2019 The other was transported in a body bag to the city morgue. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: The recent court victory against the Sandy Hook deniers has a Saintly City connection," 28 June 2019 Around 15,000 of those deaths occurred in France – and in Paris, morgues overflowed with bodies. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Europe braces for potentially deadly hot spell," 25 June 2019 About 15,000 of those deaths occurred in France — and in Paris, morgues overflowed with bodies. Claire Parker, Washington Post, "A heat wave killed 15,000 in France in 2003. As temperatures soar again, officials are taking no chances.," 25 June 2019 The mistake surfaced only after authorities at the morgue took his fingerprints. nola.com, "He died after the family took him off life support; then he walked through the door," 15 June 2019 An impromptu morgue was set up in front of Randy’s Auto Service, a filling station on the main drag through town, where the nine victims were brought. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know about the F5 tornado that destroyed 90% of a Wisconsin town in 1984," 29 May 2019 Next to the coroner's office is a morgue with an autopsy table and cabinets filled with medical equipment. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Photos: A look inside the Ozaukee County coroner's office," 2 May 2018 The building was turned into military barracks, hospital and morgue during the Civil War. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Picture perfect: Caps fans celebrate Stanley Cup Final on steps of nation's living room," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of morgue

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for morgue

French

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morgue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of morgue

: a place where the bodies of dead people are kept until they are buried or cremated
US : a place in the editorial offices of a newspaper, magazine, etc., where old articles and other documents are kept

morgue

noun
\ ˈmȯ(ə)rg How to pronounce morgue (audio) \

Medical Definition of morgue

: a place where the bodies of dead persons are kept temporarily pending identification or release for burial or autopsy

morgue

noun
\ ˈmȯrg How to pronounce morgue (audio) \

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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