Definition of morgue in English:

morgue

noun

  • 1A mortuary:

    ‘the cadavers were bagged and removed to the city morgue’
    • ‘On the way to the morgue, a police officer heard the man gasp for air and they immediately took him to the emergency unit at the nearest hospital.’
    • ‘A post-mortem was carried out at the city morgue after the body parts were removed from the Royal Canal.’
    • ‘Medical samples such as human tissue, blood, and other bodily fluids, are taken from the morgue to the laboratory to be tested.’
    • ‘However, they refused to outline the cause of the deaths until the State Pathologist examined the bodies, which were last night at the morgue in the General Hospital.’
    • ‘Relatives of the dead headed to the city morgue for the grisly task of identifying their loved ones.’
    • ‘The local hospitals and morgues have only 8 bodies, all civilians.’
    • ‘But mostly, they end up cold and lifeless in morgues.’
    • ‘Dozens of family members wandered desperately between hospitals and morgues where they looked over badly burned bodies.’
    • ‘Postmortems on bodies are usually carried out in Dublin in the city morgue, or nationwide in hospital mortuaries.’
    • ‘They offered to pay $4,325 toward the funeral in addition to the casket and transportation to the morgue.’
    • ‘His body lay unrecognised in the city morgue for three days.’
    • ‘At the city morgue, workers nailed together coffins and put some of the dead in an ambulance to transport them to cemeteries.’
    • ‘SAS troopers also spend about a week in a morgue, observing post-mortem examinations to develop an understanding of anatomy.’
    • ‘Shortly after that, his body was taken to the city morgue for autopsy.’
    • ‘The two bodies were transferred to the city morgue in Fairview around midday for post-mortem tests.’
    • ‘For some reason, he had crossed his home address off his passport, so his body went unidentified in the city morgue for three days.’
    • ‘Her body had already been taken to the morgue at the hospital.’
    • ‘It was impossible to independently verify the death toll, but the hospital morgue was so full yesterday that five corpses had been laid outside under blankets.’
    • ‘I also needed to visit the morgue to check out the dead woman again.’
    • ‘The body was then exhumed and taken to the city morgue in Marino where a post-mortem was carried out.’
    mortuary, funeral parlour, funeral chapel, funeral home
    chapel of rest
    charnel house, dead house, lych-house
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    1. 1.1 Used in reference to a place that is quiet, gloomy, or cold:
      ‘she put us in that draughty morgue of a sitting room’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2informal A newspaper's collection of miscellaneous information for use in future obituaries:

    ‘a full-time obituaries editor in charge of the morgue’
    • ‘He was in charge of the clippings morgue at the newspaper.’
    • ‘Frank then heads to the local newspaper to visit their morgue.’
    • ‘Newspapers keep a "morgue" to provide writers and editors with a reference collection of information, opinion, and images for future news reporting, feature writing, and opinion pieces.’
    • ‘In the 1940s the News began using photographs in the paper, and, consequently building its morgue’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

morgue

/mɔːɡ/