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

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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 With transport and queues, getting a result can takes 2-4 days. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "The standard coronavirus test, if available, works well—but can new diagnostics help in this pandemic?," 22 Mar. 2020 People, many of whom were wearing face masks in their cars, waited patiently as the line moved slowly from the street and through a queue in the adjacent parking lot next to the garage. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, "Hundreds of cars line up for drive-thru coronavirus testing at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals site Monday," 16 Mar. 2020 There simply aren’t queues of British people waiting to take on those jobs. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Boris Johnson's government keeps promise to tighten UK's immigration requirements," 19 Feb. 2020 That should help keep the queue for the service moving smoothly. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's play-anywhere GeForce Now service is finally here, and it demolishes Google Stadia," 4 Feb. 2020 Naturally, there was a queue around the block comprised of friends eager to congratulate Ahluwalia on his latest endeavor. Vogue, "Ever the Individualist, Waris Ahluwalia Hosted a Midnight Tea Party at the Top of the Standard," 21 Nov. 2019 With everyone living on top of one another, fights over food and water distribution and spots in the morning queue to see the doctor were already a daily reality. Patrick Strickland, The New York Review of Books, "After the EU Turned Greece into a Refugee Warehouse, a Backlash," 4 Mar. 2020 In addition to a filter, ask for a visual queue when emails are received from outside your organization. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Make cybersecurity a priority in 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 Preserving an arbitrary deadline on the prosecution of those cases by letting HB 279 stagnate in the Criminal Justice Committee’s queue only makes Ohio less safe. Leila Atassi, cleveland, "Statehouse sexism thwarts bill to abolish Ohio’s statute of limitations on rape," 21 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gather your blankets, light a candle, and queue up your favorite TV show. Bon Appétit, "15 Soups That Are So Hot Right Now," 6 Feb. 2020 Madonna had been scheduled to take the stage at the Coliseu theater at 8.30 p.m. Images shared on social media show concertgoers queuing outside the venue. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Madonna cancels another 'Madame X' concert, citing medical reasons," 20 Jan. 2020 But there was no end to the cars and trucks queuing outside it. The Economist, "In praise of high-school football," 14 Dec. 2019 For the foodie who wants a taste of home: A trio of Nashville treats Visitors and locals alike queue up lengthy lines to get their fill of Nashville staples Martin’s BBQ and Loveless Cafe. Tennessean Staff, USA TODAY, "10 gifts for people who love Nashville," 19 Nov. 2019 To understand how very Star Wars this thematic riffing is, queue up the opening of George Lucas’s 1977 film. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Mandalorian Knows Why Heroes Wear Masks," 30 Dec. 2019 Every little thing that goes against the Cowboys tonight will have FOX Sports producers queuing up the camera that’s locked in on Jones’ suite. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "Tonight's Cowboys-Bears TNF game could be one beautiful mess," 5 Dec. 2019 Some stores have had such high demand that lines have formed as customers eagerly queue to get their hands on a pair of AirPods Pro. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "4 things you should know about the AirPods Pro launching today," 30 Oct. 2019 President Trump held an event at Drake University on Thursday evening that began about 8 p.m. Twenty-four hours earlier, people began to queue in line to attend the event. cleveland, "Putting the Iowa caucuses in context," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of queue was in 1748

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Last Updated

27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Queue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queue. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for queue

queue

noun
How to pronounce queue (audio)

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
How to pronounce queue (audio)

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)

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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