[ lahyn-uhp ]
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  1. a particular order or disposition of persons or things as arranged or drawn up for action, inspection, etc.

  2. the persons or things themselves.

  1. (in police investigations) a group of persons, including suspects in a crime, lined up to allow inspection and possible identification by the victim or victims of that crime.

  2. Sports. the list of the participating players in a game together with their positions: to announce the starting lineup of a game.

  3. an organization of people, companies, etc., for some common purpose: a lineup of support for the new tax bill.

  4. an overall schedule of programs, events, activities, etc.: the fall lineup of TV programs.

  5. a list of products or services offered by a manufacturer or organization: Does the company's lineup of new cars this year include a convertible?

Origin of lineup

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase line up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lineup in a sentence

  • But Mort knows just how many voters there are in every township and just how they line up election morning.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • The Polish saloon-keeper loses his liquor license if he fails to line up his fellow-countrymen for the local machine.

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
  • The diagrams in Accomptynge by Counters may not line up perfectly in all browsers, but the contents should still be intelligible.

  • Well, the Heriot laddies might line up along the wall, and the tenement bairns look down from the windows.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • They say titled foreigners line up in front of the Lenox postoffice to look for heiresses.

British Dictionary definitions for line-up


  1. a row or arrangement of people or things assembled for a particular purpose: the line-up for the football match

  2. the members of such a row or arrangement

  1. an identity parade

verbline up (adverb)
  1. to form, put into, or organize a line-up

  2. (tr) to produce, organize, and assemble: they lined up some questions

  1. (tr) to align

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with lineup


Arrange in or form a line, as in Betty lined up the books on the shelf, or The children lined up for lunch. [Late 1800s]

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