queue

noun
\ˈkyü \

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 \
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

The latest bunch in the queue are the particle physicists, who think that the exquisite sensitivity of LIGO might make its equipment a good detector for particles. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018 An ice-cream flavor in his honor, a pizza named after him, queues to buy his shirt: For some, Cristiano Ronaldo is as important as the Pope. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo mania inspires 'CR7' ice cream, pizza," 13 July 2018 The only option left for us was to pitch a tent at the tournament’s legendary queue in Wimbledon Park while our mother stayed at a rental home nearby. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "Braving the Queue, for Mom and Roger Federer," 6 July 2018 There are umbrellas over by Woody’s Lunch Box and, at least for now, over park benches and the queue heading into Slinky Dog Dash. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "What we didn't tell you about Disney's Toy Story Land," 5 July 2018 In light of Milan's exclusion, there is a queue of Serie A teams hoping to take their place, in part because each club has financial issues of their own. SI.com, "UEFA Ban Italian Giants AC Milan From European Football Following FFP Failings," 27 June 2018 Since installing the software, the RMV has been experimenting with different ways to speed up service, such as adding extra greeters at the door and moving knotty cases out of the regular queue. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Happy birthday to me: 3½ hours at the RMV waiting to renew my license," 6 June 2018 First in the queue was a male fashion photographer. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Can ‘Illuminati Tinder’ Save Us All?," 27 June 2018 Five men with English accents worked as a group, splitting up to approach fans in the queue for the sales office. Washington Post, "Scalpers still operating at World Cup despite crackdown," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After receiving a band, a dozen odd people queued up on Mercer Street to enter the store. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Palace x Polo Ralph Lauren’s Collab Arrived Today With a Civilized Drop in New York," 9 Nov. 2018 Thousands will queue on the west front of the Capitol in the summertime heat for the opportunity to spend just a few seconds walking past the casket of John Sidney McCain. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "History at the Capitol Rotunda, where McCain's casket will lie in state," 30 Aug. 2018 According to Twitch, GIFs will be queued up and delivered one-by-one. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Twitch broadcasts are getting GIFs," 17 July 2018 When Telenor and Ooredoo launched operations in 2014, people queued for hours for SIM cards that cost around a dollar. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 Even without a confirmation of the exact product lineup, fans are already queueing in the comments section to purchase. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Jaclyn Hill Just Teased a Makeup Brush Collaboration With Morphe Cosmetics," 20 Aug. 2018 Burundians queue to cast their votes in the constitutional referendum in Buye, north of Ngozi, in northern Burundi Thursday, May 17, 2018. Washington Post, "UN envoy urges dialogue with opposition after Burundi vote," 26 May 2018 To him, this feels tantamount to divulging state secrets, even though anyone in the NHL can queue up his greatest hits on YouTube or Hudl. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "With Technique, Timing and Power, Brent Burns is the San Jose Sharks' Shot Machine," 11 Jan. 2018 Schmid is a brunette assistant program director at the Center for the Creative Arts with an intricate arm tattoo, calm demeanor and a mind constantly queuing up possibilities. Washington Post, "Best friends take First State Flea market on the road," 6 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'queue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

French, literally, tail, from Old French cue, coe, from Latin cauda, coda

Verb

see queue entry 1

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More Definitions for queue

queue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of queue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: to form or wait in a line

queue

noun
\ˈkyü \

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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Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with queue

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