Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place in which the bodies of persons found dead are kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
  • n. A reference file in a newspaper or magazine office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A supercilious or haughty attitude; arrogance.
  • n. A building or room where dead bodies are kept before their proper burial or cremation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place where the bodies of dead persons are kept, until they are identified, or claimed by their friends; a deadhouse.
  • n. A room containing reference files of older material in a newspaper office; also, the material contained in such a room.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Haughty demeanor; hauteur.
  • n. A place where the bodies of persons found dead are exposed, that they may be claimed by their friends; a dead-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation

Etymologies

French, from la Morgue, building in Paris used as a morgue, probably from morgue, haughty manner, from Old French morguer, to look at solemnly, from Vulgar Latin *murricāre, to make a face, from *murrum, muzzle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French morgue. The second sense developed from the first, via "a prison examination room", probably with reference to the haughty attitude of the jailers. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The drab but pain-filled room at Baghdad's morgue is a stark reminder of how much this country still suffers.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: November 16, 2009

  • The morgue is receiving a minimum of 60 bodies a day and sometimes more than 100, a morgue employee told IPS on condition of anonymity.

    Think Progress » Central morgue in Baghdad can’t keep up with workload.

  • It's a good thing, too, because the morgue is pretty much overrun by this point - and our protagonists are trying to fight their way out.

    After Sundown

  • TUCHMAN: After meeting Denise, we called morgue officials, who this week notified Denise Herbert that one of their unidentified bodies was, indeed, her mother.

    CNN Transcript Feb 11, 2006

  • TUCHMAN: After meeting Denise, we called morgue officials, who this week notified Denise Herbert that one of their unidentified bodies was indeed her mother.

    CNN Transcript Feb 10, 2006

  • What the hell, I wasn't busy and it sounded fun, so I called the morgue, talked to the city desk and ended up writing a ten-grapher.

    Hacker - Death at the Member-Guest

  • A place she’d never really thought about until last night, when her tiny baby slipped from her into the grim-looking doctor’s hands and she heard him whisper the word morgue.

    Sea Escape

  • Bill sat at the table, his own appetite gone, stung by Ken’s use of the word morgue.

    Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One

  • Baghdad’s main morgue – which handles only the remains of victims of violent or suspicious deaths, not including bombing victims – issued 1,155 death certificates in April, the U.N. agency reported.

    Think Progress » Bush Downplays the Major Sources of Iraq Violence

  • (He did not use the word morgue, it is too low.) "I was sure I should find him there.

    The Nabob

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  • hola. I found this word in the Bradenton Herald local section, A man threating her with a knife telling her she will end up in the morgue soon.

    September 30, 2010