1

cue

play
noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of cue

  1. :  the letter q

Origin and Etymology of cue

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


2

cue

noun

Definition of cue

  1. 1a :  a signal (such as a word, phrase, or bit of stage business) to a performer to begin a specific speech or action That last line is your cue to exit the stage.b :  something serving a comparable purpose :  hint I'll take that yawn as my cue to leave.

  2. 2 :  a feature indicating the nature of something perceived The expressions on people's faces give us visual cues about their feelings.

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

  4. 4 archaic :  mood, humor

Origin and Etymology of cue

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


3

cue

verb

Definition of cue

cued

;

cuing

or

cueing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a cue to :  prompt cued the band to begin

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

Origin and Etymology of cue

see 2cue


4

cue

noun

Definition of cue

  1. 1a :  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 and Etymology of cue

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


5

cue

verb

Definition of cue

cued

;

cuing

or

cueing

  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

Origin and Etymology of cue

see 4cue



CUE Defined for Kids

1

cue

play
noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of cue for Students

  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 for Students

  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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