queue

noun
\ ˈkyü How to pronounce queue (audio) \

Definition of queue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a braid of hair usually worn hanging at the back of the head
2 : a waiting line especially of persons or vehicles
3a : a sequence of messages or jobs held in temporary storage awaiting transmission or processing
b : a data structure that consists of a list of records such that records are added at one end and removed from the other

queue

verb
queued; queuing or queueing

Definition of queue (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to arrange or form in a queue (see queue entry 1)

intransitive verb

: to line up or wait in a queue often used with up

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Other Words from queue

Verb

queuer noun

Synonyms for queue

Synonyms: Noun

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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.

Examples of queue in a Sentence

Noun The Tiong Bahru hawker center in Singapore might well be my favorite place in the world to start the day. I remember vividly my first visit: I arrived jetlagged and hungry at seven in the morning to find vendors stir-frying greens in gigantic woks, sending up whooshes of smoke fragrant with garlic. Long queues of businessmen and construction workers and families who likely lived in the nearby housing projects snaked from the cash register of each stall. — James Oseland, Saveur, October 2008 Around the time the Soviet Union ceased to exist, I was waiting in the entry queue at Fiumicino Airport in Rome when I noticed a party of several dozen young Russian girls being fast-tracked past a freshly opened control window. — Peter Robb, New York Times Book Review, 25 May 2008 But many more people deserve the Nobel than get it. Krauss should've gotten it years ago. Though by now so many other discoveries have been made that he's farther down in an ever increasing queue. — Carl Djerassi, Cantor's Dilemma, 1989 We were forced to stand in a queue. Three jobs remain in the printer queue. Verb The World's Food Fair, Boston. October 1896. Admission: 25 cents. Huge crowds throng the Mechanics Hall convention center. Women queue up for free samples from 200 different vendors: cereals, gelatins, extracts, candy, and custards. — Christopher Kimball, Cook's Illustrated, January & February 2008 Nothing hacks off a national lawmaker more than a person who will not wait in line, unless that line is in front of an elevator at the U.S. Capitol, where Senators and Representatives use private elevators, lest they have to queue with their constituents. — Steve Rushin, Time, 10 Sept. 2007 The crowd was queuing at the snack bar.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Why did this particular white man step in front of her in the queue for first-class passengers? Kierstan Carter, The New Republic, "Claudia Rankine Has a Few Questions," 6 Oct. 2020 But some educators, particularly those returning to in-person classes, may push for students to be moved higher up in the queue. NBC News, "Many parents are hesitant to give their kids a Covid-19 vaccine. What if schools require it?," 23 Sep. 2020 Now, city workers routinely collect overtime just to get trash to the landfill — a 40-minute drive, on a good day, Torster said, and up to a further 45 minutes waiting in a queue for the dumping site. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, "Aberdeen fact-finding on city-held contract for trash services but no decision on future course," 22 Sep. 2020 Plenty of time to get your queue ready! Is there a trailer? Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Netflix’s Selena Series: Everything We Know So Far," 6 Oct. 2020 There’s also Lena, whom Vadim meets and romances in the queue. Peter Toohey, WSJ, "Five Best: Peter Toohey on Waiting," 25 Sep. 2020 Six people on the line, with three, four backed up in the queue. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 22 Sep. 2020 How to escape from an erupting volcano Too many podcasts in your queue? Susan Shapiro, Wired, "What Teaching Online Classes Taught Me About Remote Learning," 22 Sep. 2020 Maybe the people who care about the well-being of others should go to the head of the vaccination queue. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cheering for unity with launch of COVID-19 vaccine," 20 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Voters had to walk around the protestors until officials could open more space in the building so people could queue up inside. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "After weeks of voting by mail, Florida ready to kick off in person-early voting.," 16 Oct. 2020 The nearby Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened in March, and many park guests queue up for Runaway Railway while waiting for the 10 a.m. Rise window. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World: Rise of the Resistance hopefuls have mere seconds to catch the ride," 16 Oct. 2020 The willingness of many Black voters to queue up instead of coming back another day is a measure of their determination and their skepticism about the system. NBC News, "History, mistrust spurs Black early voters in Georgia," 15 Oct. 2020 The willingness of many Black voters to queue up instead of coming back another day is a measure of their determination and their skepticism about the system. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, "History, mistrust spurring Black early voters in Georgia," 14 Oct. 2020 With most of us spending more time in front of the TV than ever before (no judgment), having a solid streaming device at the ready to queue up your favorite movies and TV shows is crucial. Arielle Tschinkel And Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Our readers love the Amazon Fire Stick—and it's half off right now," 8 Oct. 2020 Mondays through Fridays, as the clock approaches noon, customers start to queue up to the deli’s counter and place their orders for sandwiches, wraps and salads. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, "The little Alabama deli where everybody knows your name," 22 Sep. 2020 Who's ready to queue up the hit and sail away with us to another world? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Kenny Rogers Almost Scrapped Recording "Islands in the Stream" Until Dolly Parton Changed His Mind," 24 Aug. 2020 An army of at least 50 volunteers stood ready to distribute the backpacks as cars began to queue up more than 90 minutes before the 4:30 p.m. start on Friday. David Sharos, chicagotribune.com, "Despite pandemic, Aurora’s school supply events keep on giving," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of queue

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for queue

Noun and Verb

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

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Time Traveler for queue

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The first known use of queue was in 1748

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Queue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queue. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for queue

queue

noun
How to pronounce queue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of queue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly British : a line of people who are waiting for something
computers : a series of instructions that are stored in a computer so that they can be processed later

queue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of queue (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British : to form or wait in a line

queue

noun
\ ˈkyü How to pronounce queue (audio) \

Kids Definition of queue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a waiting line There's a queue at the ticket window.

queue

verb
queued; queuing or queueing

Kids Definition of queue (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or wait in a line People are queuing for tickets.

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