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cue

play
noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of cue

  1. :  the letter q



Origin of cue

Middle English cu half a farthing (spelled form of q, abbreviation for Latin quadrans quarter of an as)


First Known Use: circa 1755


2

cue

noun

Definition of cue

  1. 1 a :  a signal (as a word, phrase, or bit of stage business) to a performer to begin a specific speech or action b :  something serving a comparable purpose :  hint

  2. 2 :  a feature indicating the nature of something perceived

  3. 3 archaic :  the part one has to perform in or as if in a play

  4. 4 archaic :  mood, humor



Origin of cue

probably from qu, abbreviation (used as a direction in actors' copies of plays) of Latin quando when


First Known Use: 1553


3

cue

verb

Definition of cue

cuedcu·ing or cue·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a cue to :  prompt

  3. 2 :  to insert into a continuous performance <cue in sound effects>



1922

First Known Use of cue

1922


4

cue

noun

Definition of cue

  1. 1 a :  a leather-tipped tapering rod for striking the cue ball (as in billiards and pool) b :  a long-handled instrument with a concave head for shoving disks in shuffleboard

  2. 2 :  queue 2



Origin of cue

French queue, literally, tail, from Old French cue, coe, queue, from Latin cauda


First Known Use: circa 1749


5

cue

verb

Definition of cue

cuedcu·ing or cue·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  queue

  3. 2 :  to strike with a cue

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  queue

  6. 2 :  to use a cue



Circa 1784

First Known Use of cue

circa 1784



CUE Defined for Kids

1

cue

play
noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of cue

  1. 1 :  something serving as a signal or suggestion :  hint <The baby's whine is a cue she's tired.>

  2. 2 :  a word, phrase, or action in a play serving as a signal for the next actor to speak or to do something




2

cue

play
noun

Definition of cue

  1. :  a straight tapering stick used in playing billiards and pool




Medical Dictionary

cue

play
noun \ˈkyü\

Medical Definition of cue

  1. :  a minor stimulus acting as an indication of the nature of the perceived object or situation <foreshortened lines in the picture are cues to depth perception>





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