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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 on the Web Still containing an original hanging tree, the building was at turns a morgue and bordello, and (unbeknownst to its owners) housed the remains of 15-18 people under its floorboards until it was refurbished in the 1980s. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 19 May 2021 And the pace has only sped up recently: last year 245 total homicide victims were wheeled to the morgue, a city record. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Apr. 2021 The county has installed a fourth mobile morgue unit in the medical examiner’s parking lot. Silvia Foster-frau,, 3 Nov. 2020 To deal with the casualties, NGHS resorted this weekto bringing in a mobile morgue in Gainesville. Carrie Teegardin, ajc, 22 Jan. 2021 At Mercy Hospital Springfield in Missouri, a mobile morgue that was acquired in 2011 after a tornado ripped through nearby Joplin and killed about 160 people has been put into use again. Star Tribune, 1 Dec. 2020 The Odessa hospitals, Saravanan said, are working with city officials to request a mobile morgue. Omar Jimenez, CNN, 19 Nov. 2020 In El Paso, local officials have deployed 10 mobile morgue trailers to handle a backlog of corpses. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2020 In Wisconsin and Utah, officials are building field hospitals, while El Paso has built a fourth mobile morgue. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of morgue

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jun 2021

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“Morgue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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


\ 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


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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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