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
\ ˈkyü How to pronounce queue (audio) \
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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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

Plenty of sides have already expressed an interest in Kokcu, but Liverpool should try and force themselves to the front of the queue. SI.com, "6 Other Youth Talents Liverpool Could Snap Up After Sepp van den Berg & Harvey Elliott," 10 July 2019 Today, the imperial pageants have been replaced by serpentine queues of tourists on Everest. Ipsita Chakravarty, Quartz India, "How colonialism cost the Himalayas their remoteness," 10 June 2019 In the evening, a queue of demonstrators assembled outside the headquarters, each in turn holding a sign in support of Golunov. Nataliya Vasilyeva, chicagotribune.com, "Prominent investigative journalist detained in Russia, charged with drug dealing," 7 June 2019 In the evening, a queue of demonstrators assembled outside the headquarters, each in turn holding a sign in support of Golunov. Washington Post, "Prominent investigative journalist detained in Russia," 7 June 2019 There was a line of cars at least an hour before the 9 a.m. opening time, a queue made up of motorists ready to pay the $15 registration fee to exhibit their classic wheels. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge car show had 125 enthusiasts showing off their vehicles," 30 June 2019 The notorious queues propelled Hutiri, an electrical engineer, to come up with the Pelebox Smart Locker, a digital dispenser installed in hospitals and stocked with routine medicines by healthcare workers. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "A battle with TB inspired his smart medicine dispenser, now it’s won Africa’s top engineering prize," 5 June 2019 And nearly achieving this while playing the most box office, blockbuster, queue up 13-hours to get a seat at the midnight showing, football in Europe, is truly astonishing. SI.com, "Maurizio Sarri: The Manager Juventus Fans Don't Want, But the Manager Their Club Needs," 16 June 2019 For example, when tickets went on sale to see the Tony Award-winning musical at the Kennedy Center in Washington last spring, members waited in queues thousands of people long for their shot at seats. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "World turned upside down: Hundreds of seats remain for 'Hamilton' in Baltimore two weeks before shows begin," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For opening day of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventures, Islands of Adventure may open early to allow queuing for the ride, according to a post on the official Universal Orlando blog. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal: New Hagrid roller coaster may use Virtual Line," 8 June 2019 Now, all tickets are sold online and visitors queue up 15 minutes before their entry time. Nancy Nathan, Washington Post, "Can’t get into the Anne Frank House? Try the Dutch Resistance Museum.," 11 July 2019 In other areas, according to CBS News’ Arshad R. Zargar, bucket-wielding locals queue outside of government trucks and, when these trucks fail to meet demand for water, resort to purchasing water from expensive private vendors. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Satellite Images Reveal the Extent of Chennai’s Water Shortage," 5 July 2019 Last December, hundreds of Ofo users queued up outside its Beijing headquarters to ask for their deposits back. Jane Li, Quartz, "A court has revealed the sorry state of a Chinese bike-sharing startup once worth $2 billion," 19 June 2019 Long lines of migrants, mostly Central Americans, queue up daily outside the Tapachula offices of the refugee agencies of Mexico and the United Nations. latimes.com, "Today: Stuck in Southern Mexico," 14 June 2019 Thousands of migrants are queued up in cities on the Mexican side of the border waiting to seek asylum in the United States. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Mexico's tiny refugee office seeks help to process record numbers of asylum seekers," 24 June 2019 Fearing a hit from tariffs Apple is among hundreds of companies that began queuing up to testify in Washington this week for seven days of hearings on the Trump administration's plan to hike tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "For Apple, scaling back in China is easier said than done," 21 June 2019 The septuagenarian queues up a little Taylor Swift or Shawn Mendes music and lets loose. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The 75-Year-Old Behind Jazzercise Keeps Dancing On Her Own," 21 June 2019

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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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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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