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
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)