Definition of morgue in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɔːg


  • 1A mortuary: the cadavers were bagged and removed to the city morgue
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    • Postmortems on bodies are usually carried out in Dublin in the city morgue, or nationwide in hospital mortuaries.
    • A post-mortem was carried out at the city morgue after the body parts were removed from the Royal Canal.
    • The body was then exhumed and taken to the city morgue in Marino where a post-mortem was carried out.
  • 1.1Used in reference to a place that is quiet, gloomy, or cold: she put us in that draughty morgue of a sitting room
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    • This beautiful chateau had gone from a boarding house to a morgue in just one day.
    • ‘But it amounts to a morgue,’ Jen quietly agreed, shivering slightly at the reduced temperatures in the small room.
  • 2 informal A newspaper’s collection of miscellaneous information for use in future obituaries: a full-time obituaries editor in charge of the morgue
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    • There has been the constant battle to gain access to the pre-Internet newspaper clip morgues of papers, some of which long ago went out of business.
    • Frank then heads to the local newspaper to visit their morgue.
    • He was in charge of the clippings morgue at the newspaper.


early 19th century: from French, originally the name of a building in Paris where bodies were kept until identified.

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