queue

noun
\ ˈkyü \

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
\ ˈkyü \
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

column, cue, file, line, range, string, train

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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

Previously, people who wanted a Model 3 first had to place a $1,000 reservation and get in line, a queue currently 420,000 deep. David R. Baker, SFChronicle.com, "Tesla lets more people order Model 3s, faster," 10 July 2018 Lines will likely be long for Slinky Dog — this is summer at a Disney theme park, after all — but there’s also much to admire in the queue. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney Toy Story Land first look: Details bring attraction to life," 28 June 2018 The wait for using the lavatory at the front was 3.1 minutes, but those who went to the back spent only 1.7 minutes on the queue. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "How Not to Get Sick on a Plane? Choose Your Seat Wisely," 22 Mar. 2018 Earlier this week, the cannabis commission moved to speed up the process of licensing marijuana testing labs, voting to move any applications from labs to the front of its queue. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "State could license first recreational marijuana shop Monday," 28 June 2018 But mouse and keyboard support is certainly a minefield for gamers and developers alike: Should devs include it, and create special queues for PC gamers and console gamers to play together? Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Report: Microsoft, Razer push to bring mouse and keyboard support to Xbox," 25 June 2018 Next in the queue for Chicago's free movie screening isGroundhog Day. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This The film Superfly and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week," 25 June 2018 The Commerce Department must still deal with nearly 20,000 petitions in its queue. New York Times, "Companies Get First Tariff Waivers, but Many More Are Left in Limbo," 22 June 2018 People in the California Screamin’ queue had to nothing to do but calmly for their turn. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Pixar Pier first look: Riding the Incredicoaster at California Adventure," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Really angry, queuing up and yet get hit by the people cutting in line. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Balenciaga Responds to Racial Discrimination Claims," 27 Apr. 2018 But scores of visitors to the National Museum of African American History and Culture still queue up. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 In Los Angeles, a line of teenage boys perpetually queues up outside the Supreme store on Fairfax Avenue, outfitted in legit streetwear. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 Not many people filled the beds, but every day 1,000 or so queued at the outpatient counter or at the pharmacy. The Economist, "Lina Puthussery died of the Nipah virus on May 21st," 31 May 2018 Supporters queued outside the courthouse as the trio arrived, many wearing the bright teal T-shirts emblematic of their political party, Demosistō. Time, "Hong Kong Democracy Activists Walk Free After a Court Upholds Their Appeal," 6 Feb. 2018 During the New York event, people often queued up for their turn, and about 70 percent of the total time was booked, Swavely said. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "L.L. Bean will bring freedom for the desk-bound to Madison with outdoor workspace," 6 July 2018 Celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross, Lily Allen, Penelope Cruz, and more queued up to get their shots. refinery29.com, "Chanel’s Latest Haute Couture Show Was More Than An Homage To Paris," 5 July 2018 Professional line-standers, who were paid by attorneys, corporate executives and hedge-fund managers to hold a place in the courtroom line, began queuing up outside the courthouse on Monday afternoon — nearly 24 hours in advance. Author: Jim Puzzanghera, Meg James, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge clears AT&T purchase of Time Warner, creating entertainment colossus," 12 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'queue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

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

Verb

see queue entry 1

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queue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of queue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: to form or wait in a line

queue

noun
\ ˈkyü \

Kids Definition of queue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : pigtail

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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