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
Recent Examples on the Web In the morgue, an assistant casually wipes pools of blood around a metal table. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Conundrum of a New Perry Mason," 25 June 2020 At one home in New Jersey, as bodies piled up in a small morgue, staff briefly resorted to storing a body in a shed. Michael Schulson, Quartz, "Coronavirus is renewing a call to abolish nursing homes," 25 June 2020 The next day, a refrigerated truck to hold bodies that wouldn't fit in the home's morgue arrived, the report said. CBS News, "Scathing report details "baffling" errors at veterans home where 76 have died during virus outbreak," 25 June 2020 At one home in New Jersey, as bodies piled up in a small morgue, staff briefly resorted to storing a body in a shed. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "The pandemic has shown how unsafe nursing homes can be. But is there a better option?," 22 June 2020 Back at the morgue, Mason's again bartering with the coroner. Matt Cabral, EW.com, "Perry Mason series premiere recap: Gritty reboot gets off to gruesome start," 22 June 2020 An 18-wheeler that had been converted into a mobile morgue was still stationed a block from our apartment. 1843, "The internet, mon amour," 19 June 2020 Per the official synopsis: Caught in the middle of an ancient war between good and evil, a young girl wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "If Buffy found religion: A Catholic order battles evil in Warrior Nun trailer," 17 June 2020 The last bullet was found inside Dan's wife Linda's body at the morgue. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "Dirty John: Betty Broderick Episode 2 Recap: The Way They Were," 3 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morgue. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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morgue

noun
How to pronounce morgue (audio)

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

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\ 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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