waiting list


: a list or roster of those waiting (as for admission to an organization or institution)

Examples of waiting list in a Sentence

I'll put your name on the waiting list.
Recent Examples on the Web Since opening in 2013, the 110-seat Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village has built so much buzz it’s become an empire: Carbone Miami location has a two-month-long waiting list, and during the F1 Grand Prix, reservations went for $3,000 a head for a pop-up on the beach. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 In Massachusetts, homeless families have sought shelter in churches, hospital waiting rooms and even airport lounges after the state’s emergency shelter system hit its limit last week, forcing some homeless people to be put on a waiting list as colder weather begins to grip the state. Steve Leblanc, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 One thousand more had signed up for a waiting list. WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 After an interview and a perfunctory medical exam, they are put on a waiting list for one of two main destinations for Latin American fighters — the Foreign Legion or the Carpathian Sich 49th Infantry Battalion. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Turning to embassies Other foreign nationals looking to leave on short notice are turning to their embassies, joining long waiting lists and spending hours at the airport to board military flights out of the country. Jennifer Korn, CNN, 17 Oct. 2023 In the United States alone, 92,000 people are awaiting a new kidney on the national transplant waiting list, according to the American Kidney Fund. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Oct. 2023 Although 10 spots remained open at the time, officials previously said the waiting list far exceeded available space. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 James was added to a transplant waiting list in February 2023, and on Memorial Day weekend in May a donor was identified: a deceased man in his 30s whose family consented to donate his organs. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waiting list was in 1892

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“Waiting list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20list. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

waiting list

: a list containing names of people who are waiting (as for admission to an organization or school)
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