1

q

play
noun, often capitalized, often attributive \ˈkyü\

Definition of q

plural

q's

or

qs

play \ˈkyüz\
  1. 1a :  the 17th letter of the English alphabetb :  a graphic representation of this letterc :  a speech counterpart of orthographic q

  2. 2 :  a graphic device for reproducing the letter q

  3. 3 :  one designated q especially as the 17th in order or class

  4. 4 :  something shaped like the letter Q

Examples of q in a Sentence

  1. The word quart begins with a q.

  2. The word quart begins with q.

Is it que, queue, or q?

One of our persistent—and more puzzling—lookups is for the word que, which is entered in our dictionary (capitalized) as an abbreviation for Quebec. Qué is also a Spanish word that means “what.” That is not, however, the word that many people are looking for when they look up que in our dictionary. Que is homophonous with a number of other words, most of which have wildly different spellings and meanings. One of the words that people are looking for when they look up que is queue, a word that means “line” (as in, “We waited in the ticket queue.”) Sometimes people are looking for the homonym cue, or “a signal to start or do something” (“The lights just went out—that’s my cue to start the movie.”). Very occasionally, people look up que for coup, a word that refers to a violent and sudden overthrow or takeover of a government (“reports on the latest coup attempt”). And if you’re looking for the phonetic spelling of the letter q, try again: that’s cue.

First Known Use of q

before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms


2

q

abbreviation

Definition of q

  1. 1 quart

  2. 2 quartile

  3. 3 quarto

  4. 4 queen

  5. 5 query

  6. 6 question

  7. 7 quetzal

  8. 8 quire



Q Defined for English Language Learners

noun

Definition of q for English Language Learners

  • : the 17th letter of the English alphabet


Q Defined for Kids

noun , often cap \ˈkyü\

Definition of q for Students

plural

q's

or

qs

\ˈkyüz\
  1. :  the 17th letter of the English alphabet


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