Definition of Morgue

1. Noun. A building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.


Definition of Morgue

1. n. A place where the bodies of persons found dead are exposed, that they may be identified, or claimed by their friends; a deadhouse.

Definition of Morgue

1. Noun. A supercilious or haughty attitude; arrogance. ¹

2. Noun. A building or room where dead bodies are kept before their proper burial or cremation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Morgue

1. a place where dead bodies are kept for identification [n -S]

Medical Definition of Morgue

1. A place where bodies of the dead are kept before funeral ceremonials. The first morgue was in paris. In the 1880s the word morgue entered english to mean a mortuary. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Morgue

moresomes
moresques
morgagnian cyst
morgan
morganatic
morganatically
morganite
morganites
morgans
morgay
morgays
morgen
morgens
morglay
morglays
morgue (current term)
morguelike
morgues
moria
morian
morias
moribund
moribundities
moribundity
moribundly
moribundness
moribunds
moric
moric acid
moriche

Literary usage of Morgue

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association (1922)
"The greatness of the morgue is demonstrated to the best advantage at times when there ... Rival newspapers, which have not developed their morgue department ..."

2. Report of the Committee on Inquiry Into the Departments of Health, Charities by New York (N.Y.). Board of estimate and apportionment. Committee on inquiry into the Departments of health, charities, and Bellevue and allied hospitals, George McAneny, Henry Collier Wright (1913)
"THE INVESTIGATION The morgue service throughout the City of New York is conducted by ... The morgue building is located on the grounds of Bellevue Hospital. ..."

3. The Innocents Abroad: Or the New Pilgrims' Progress by Mark Twain (2001)
"Next we went to visit the morgue, that horrible receptacle for ... the delicate garments of women and children; patrician vestments, THE morgue. ..."

4. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1841)
"Tho body of the child wu preserved in the ' morgue,' as stated, nearly three months. ... A man of strangely silent tread, Unto 'la morgue" each morn; ..."

5. Darkness and Daylight; Or, Lights and Shadows of New York Life: A Woman's by Helen Campbell, Thomas Wallace Knox, Thomas Byrnes (1892)
"It is the morgue, where lie—often to the number of thirty or forty—the unclaimed and ... But the majority of the silent occupants of the morgue are unknown. ..."

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