Definition of morgue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mɔːɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɔːrɡ//
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  1. 1a building in which dead bodies are kept before they are buried or cremated (= burned) They found his body lying in the city morgue. This place is like a morgue! compare mortuary Wordfinderashes, cemetery, coffin, cremation, die, funeral, grave, hearse, morgue, mourn See related entries: Death
  2. 2a place where dead bodies that have been found are kept until they can be identified
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French, originally the name of a building in Paris where bodies were kept until identified.
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