morgue

noun
\ˈmȯrg \

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 bodies of the two men were dumped on a dusty street near the Metropolitan Cemetery and taken to the morgue, where someone recognized Jara and secretly informed his wife, the British dancer Joan Turner Jara. Eva Vergara, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara," 4 July 2018 The police arrived to take her mom's corpse to the morgue, where Riabinina received permission to continue tending it. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Mystics Seeking Eternal Life Through Liquid Nitrogen," 22 June 2018 The death toll has reached 65, according to Faisal Edhi, the head of the Edhi Foundation, a charity that operates Karachi’s biggest fleet of ambulances and its central morgue. Meher Ahmad, New York Times, "Looking for a Bit of Shade as Intense Heat Wave Hits Karachi," 29 May 2018 By then, his body was being transported to the morgue in a police wagon. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County watchdog clears medical examiner's office in probe into Chicago cop's apparent suicide," 2 July 2018 But officials and physicians acknowledged privately that there were probably many, many more deaths and bodies piling up in morgues across the island. Arelis R. Hernández, Laurie Mcginley, Philly.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 But officials and physicians acknowledged privately that there were probably many, many more deaths and bodies piling up in morgues across the island. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 But officials and physicians acknowledged privately that there were probably many, many more deaths and bodies piling up in morgues across the island. Washington Post, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 The funerals were delayed due to administrative complications, creating difficulties for the staff at the morgue in the small Sicilian town of Pozzallo. Alex Perry, Newsweek, "Migrants and the New Mediterranean Mafia," 10 June 2015

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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

: a place in the editorial offices of a newspaper, magazine, etc., where old articles and other documents are kept

morgue

noun
\ˈmȯ(ə)rg \

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
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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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