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 Several stars were in the comments queue, and the presence of Lin-Manuel Miranda turned things a little … frantic. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "The Highs and Lows of NYTW’s 25 Years of Rent Benefit," 3 Mar. 2021 The Pie Dude was especially busy during Thanksgiving, with more than 100 orders in queue, according to the news release. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, "A DeSoto teen goes into business as ‘The Pie Dude’ after baking catches on during pandemic," 14 Dec. 2020 Fans not selected for the first two games will have their place in the queue adjusted, increasing their chances of admission for subsequent games. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Only season-ticket holders can apply for admission to LAFC, Galaxy games," 7 Apr. 2021 Clairemont’s Jonathan and Stephanie Patino and their four children, who had been regular visitors before the pandemic hit, arrived an hour early to be the first in the queue. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Balboa Park comes back to life," 3 Apr. 2021 Those titles and more are all in the queue this month, but there’s one new series in particular that countless Netflix subscribers are anticipating more eagerly than anything else. Zach Epstein, BGR, "Here’s every single one of the 53 new Netflix originals coming in April 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 The group has tallied 18 vessels that departed Romania, Spain and South America and are currently stuck in the queue. Fortune, "The giant Ever Given ship is finally unstuck from the Suez Canal," 29 Mar. 2021 In New York, New Jersey and California, appointment postings still vanish within minutes, suggesting many at-risk residents remain in the queue. Jonathan Levin, oregonlive, "Biden’s gamble on COVID-19 vaccines depends on a lot going right," 14 Mar. 2021 But as long as vaccine demand continues to outstrip supply, the inoculated might hesitate to reveal their status and risk their eligibility being debated among those still waiting in the queue. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "People Are Keeping Their Vaccines Secret," 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When attendees queue up at the gates, masks and social distancing will be required. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What fans can expect for Brewers season at American Family Field, including COVID-19 safety precautions," 26 Mar. 2021 Again, not everybody will be able to get their vaccination right then, but to be able to queue up and get in line. CBS News, "Transcript: Marcella Nunez-Smith on "Face the Nation," March 14, 2021," 14 Mar. 2021 So pour yourself a drink, curl up, and queue up your favorite rom-com. Vulture, "All About the Girl Next Door," 2 Mar. 2021 For regular offline viewing, all users have long been able to queue up TV shows and movies for a no-data binge session. David Nield, Popular Science, "No cell service? These are the best offline apps.," 25 Feb. 2021 But as more and more firms queue up to raise capital, investors, especially retail ones, need to be cautious. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz, "Is India’s IPO boom hiding a bubble that’s waiting to burst?," 8 Mar. 2021 Services with names like Skip the Line and Linestanding.com hire people (sometimes the homeless) to queue up (sometimes for days) for seats in congressional hearing rooms and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "How Much of Your Stuff Belongs to Big Tech?," 8 Mar. 2021 But as organisations queue up to add their net zero strategies to the pile, a number of common pitfalls are emerging. Jessi Baker, Forbes, "How Not To Commit To ‘Net Zero’: 5 Common Carbon Strategy Mistakes," 3 Mar. 2021 Better to call it a day, grab some dinner, check in, bed down and queue up a movie for the kids. Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times, "What you need to know before you take a road trip this spring," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Queue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queue. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for queue

queue

noun

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)

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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