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queue

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noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of queue

  1. 1 :  a braid of hair usually worn hanging at the back of the head

  2. 2 :  a waiting line especially of persons or vehicles

  3. 3a :  a sequence of messages or jobs held in temporary storage awaiting transmission or processingb :  a data structure that consists of a list of records such that records are added at one end and removed from the other

Examples of queue in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. We were forced to stand in a queue.

  5. Three jobs remain in the printer queue.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of queue

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


First Known Use: 1748

Other Computer-Related Terms


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queue

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verb \ˈkyü\

Definition of queue

queued

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queuing

or

queueing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to arrange or form in a queue (see 1queue)

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to line up or wait in a queue —often used with up

queuer

noun

Examples of queue in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. The crowd was queuing at the snack bar.

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Origin and Etymology of queue

see 1queue


First Known Use: 1777


QUEUE Defined for English Language Learners

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queue

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noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of queue for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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queue

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verb \ˈkyü\

Definition of queue for English Language Learners

  • : to form or wait in a line


QUEUE Defined for Kids

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queue

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noun \ˈkyü\

Definition of queue for Students

  1. 1 :  pigtail

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


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queue

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verb

Definition of queue for Students

queued

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queuing

or

queueing

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



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