• WordNet 3.6
    • n morgue a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Edgar Allan Poe introduced mystery fiction's first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in his 1841 story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."
    • Morgue A place where the bodies of dead persons are kept, until they are identified, or claimed by their friends; a deadhouse.
    • Morgue (Newspapers) A room containing reference files of older material in a newspaper office; also, the material contained in such a room.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n morgue Haughty demeanor; hauteur.
    • n morgue A place where the bodies of persons found dead are exposed, that they may be claimed by their friends; a dead-house.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Morgue morg a place where bodies found dead are laid out for identification.
    • n Morgue morg hauteur.
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.”
  • Vaclav Havel
    “True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Seamen tell of what they see: their reports are interred in scientific morgues.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Have the body taken to the morgue and shut up the press.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Mayor Caldwell Chief Deitsch and Sheriff Plummer went to Epply's morgue, where the remains lay.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
I'd be too, if I lived in a morgue!
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
He must visit the little "morgue" at the back of Mr. Bartman's establishment.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
And one afternoon when the sky wuz blue, the sun shone and the birds sung merrily, we went to that dretful place, the Paris morgue.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
We've examined every corpse taken out of the river or exposed at the morgue.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Look, I'll bet Duke or Jerry could identify it by going through the newspaper morgue.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The police courts were constantly crowded, and often overflowed and filled the morgue.
"Snow on the Headlight" by Cy Warman
He had feared all his theories regarding the body at the Morgue the day before were going to collapse.
"The Exploits of Juve" by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
It was the damp, clammy, penetrating cold of a dungeon, of an unventilated ice-chest, of a morgue.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Then he pressed the intercom to the morgue.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
I could not even spare time to go to the morgue or to make inquiries.
"The Long Day" by Dorothy Richardson
Honest, it was enough to chill the spine of a morgue keeper.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
Here the body was conveyed to the basement, which served the purpose of a morgue, and placed upon a low table.
"The Crime of the Century" by Henry M. Hunt
It makes one think of the Morgue!
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
I ended up at the Federal Building, which is a cavernous morgue, even during business hours.
"Cue for Quiet" by Thomas L. Sherred
His face was a moist and shining white, the white of a corpse under the icy spray of the Morgue.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
I was afraid it would be all closed up like a beastly morgue.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
One of the morgue attendants had called Dr. Leslie aside and a moment later he rejoined us.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve

In poetry:

The sum of all their agonies
Has bowed you to the ground.
You smell of dust, of death's decay,
Of morgue and burial mound.
"Soul" by Boris Pasternak
No! Paris isn't always gay;
And the morgue has its stories too:
You are a writer of tales, you say —
Then there is a tale for you.
"The Blind And The Dead" by Robert W Service
It was heard
They took him to the morgue.
Last night in the February dark
When the crescent moon, five days toward full, had set
He'd had the urge to die.
"A day 8 Years Ago (At bachar ager Ekadin)" by Jibanananda Das
This taste of life-the scent of ripe grain in an autumn afternoon-
You could not tolerate.
In the morgue, is your heart at ease
In the morgue, in that suffocating stillness
Like a flattened rat with blood-smeared lips.
"A day 8 Years Ago (At bachar ager Ekadin)" by Jibanananda Das
in times forgotten, except by the New York Times
which can't forget. There is always the morgue.
There are men in the morgue.
These men have access. Sleepless, in position,
they dream the past forever
Colossal in the dawn comes the second light
"Dream Song 123: Daples my floor the eastern sun, my house faces north" by John Berryman

In news:

Editorial—-The Coroner's case for a morgue .
In recent years, the coroner has begun to call for the establishment of a county morgue .
Safety Lessons From the Morgue .
"Citi Field is like a morgue here," Johnson told 106.7 the Fan on Wednesday.
ATLANTA — A DeKalb County morgue employee has been suspended without pay for five days over a picture taken inside the facility.
The Beaufort County Coroner's Office, now in a small trailer in Burton, will get a new home and its first morgue .
'It will take time' to make morgue more professional.
Feud leaves racer Carroll Shelby's body in Dallas morgue for weeks.
(CNN)-- Forgotten in death or abandoned by their loved ones, unclaimed bodies are piling up in the Calcasieu Parish morgue .
Archdiocese offers burial space for Cook County morgue bodies.
Argentine 'miracle baby' in critical condition after being found alive in morgue .
Luz Milagros Veron was declared stillborn and placed in a morgue , where she survived for hours in a fridge.
Woman's "Still Born" Wakes up in Morgue .
Hospital staff told her that the baby girl was stillborn, and she was taken to the hospital morgue .
Argentine 'miracle' morgue baby condition critical.