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 If the queue filled up, callers would get a message saying to email the office instead because of COVID-19 staff shortages. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County Treasurer's call center hit with COVID-19 staffing shortage," 4 May 2021 Once in the attraction’s queue, visitors will be able to look into a raptor paddock and see a dinosaur pursuing the coaster going 70 mph. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal: Fresh facts, photos for VelociCoaster," 30 Apr. 2021 But as car makers ramped up orders, other industries saw the components queue lengthen and increased their own purchasing. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "From Tablets to Sex Toys, the Chip Shortage Is Far-Reaching," 30 Apr. 2021 While season 2 of Warrior did run on Cinemax last fall as planned, fans did not begin feeling hopeful for a season 3 pickup until the show started streaming on HBO Max and January, and quickly became a mainstay in the service's Most Popular queue. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "HBO Max saves Warrior, renews action series for season 3," 14 Apr. 2021 As Britain is often perceived by international counterparts as the nation that loves to queue, perhaps this is the moment the public has been waiting for? Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, "Spend Spend Spend - Primark Is Sating England’s Pent Up Demand For Real Life Shopping," 12 Apr. 2021 Four bills are ahead of the gun control proposal in the voting queue for Monday, and the House is scheduled to hold two to three floor sessions a day all week to get through the bill reading. oregonlive, "Oregon House scheduled to vote this week on gun storage mandate," 11 Apr. 2021 Starting Thursday, California is opening the vaccination queue to all those ages 50-64. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "80% of L.A. County residents 16 or older could be vaccinated by June — if supplies hold up," 31 Mar. 2021 Most states are now prioritizing pregnant people for the vaccination queue. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "New Parents Are Now Vaccinating for Two," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But public health officials are deeply worried that future iterations of the virus may be more resistant to the immune response, requiring Americans to queue up for regular rounds of booster shots or even new vaccines. New York Times, "Virus Variants Threaten to Draw Out the Pandemic, Scientists Say," 3 Apr. 2021 On Mother’s Day, customers queue up to three hours for a table. BostonGlobe.com, "In Brockton, birthing a restaurant scene in a Dunks and Bud Light town," 15 Apr. 2021 When everyone begins to queue to board flights, again try to maintain as much distance as possible from others – at least 6 feet. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Worried about airport layovers during COVID-19? Here's what you can do to stay safe," 4 Apr. 2021 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

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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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7 May 2021

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“Queue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queue. Accessed 16 May. 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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