\ 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 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 In the movie, Shay plays Megan Reed, a young medical examiner working the late shift in a shadowy morgue. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Shay Mitchell's New Thriller "The Possession of Hannah Grace" Releases First Trailer," 15 Oct. 2018 Colleagues of veteran Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio, who died this week during a rescue operation, escorted his body from the Cook County morgue to a southwest suburban funeral home Wednesday. William Lee,, "Somber escort from morgue for Chicago Fire Department diver who died during rescue call," 30 May 2018 Almost two months later, her body remains at the Milwaukee County morgue. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nearly two months after her death, the body of 14-year-old girl remains at Milwaukee County's morgue," 5 Feb. 2018 Plans to bring in a mobile morgue unit were scrapped over the weekend, but state teams did bring in refrigerated trucks to four cities that can be used for both storm victims and to assist funeral homes that have lost power. Gary Fineout And Kelli Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusive," 16 Oct. 2018 The bodies were stored in the truck due to overcrowding at morgues. Fox News, "Residents complain about smell after 157 unidentified bodies discovered in morgue trailer in Mexico," 18 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Detective Richard visits the morgue and is told that Natalie’s teeth were removed with household pliers, which would take some strength to do. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 2," 16 July 2018 Thus, Ababneh has retained a say in the disposition of Amina's body, which has been stored at the county morgue since her death on Dec. 10. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge rebukes absent father, orders funeral for abused child whose body languished at morgue," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of morgue

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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