- a braid of hair worn hanging down behind.
- a file or line, especially of people waiting their turn.
- Computers. a FIFO-organized sequence of items, as data, messages, jobs, or the like, waiting for action.
- to form in a line while waiting (often followed by up).
- Computers. to arrange (data, jobs, messages, etc.) into a queue.
Origin of queue
Related Words for queuestring, chain, series, progression, concatenation, rank, echelon, tail, train, file, succession, tier, line, order, row
Examples from the Web for queue
Contemporary Examples of queue
A few years ago, I was standing in a queue behind two men and eavesdropping on their conversation.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
With Seacrest, the queue of big-name Miss Havishams in lacy, "nude" boring dresses reached a critical mass.Whoever Wins What, Watch Out For Minnelli
March 2, 2014
Of course, it could take some time, given that Syria has pushed a lot of things to the back of the queue.In Tiny Ajo, Arizona, Border Patrol Agents Are Living the Dream
Terry Greene Sterling
September 22, 2013
At the beginning of this year, the queue in Embassy/Baghdad was roughly 2,000 cases (meaning upwards of 4-5,000 individuals).We Abandoned Them: Kirk Johnson’s Fight to Save Iraqis
John Kael Weston
September 14, 2013
I walked along the shining hoods until I came to a shabby town car at the tail of the queue.Life Imitates Patriots: Inaugural Version
January 20, 2013
Historical Examples of queue
To buy my turn in the queue when the meat is being distributed.My Double Life
On the sidewalk, a queue of men was being held in line by a burly cop.The Heads of Apex
There always must be these people who cannot stand in line in a queue and be fair.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
It is required, however, that they should take their places in the queue.
Here is the Napoleon, the man with a queue, and the Philippe that I have bitten.Ten Tales
- a line of people, vehicles, etc, waiting for somethinga queue at the theatre
- computing a list in which entries are deleted from one end and inserted at the other
- a pigtail
- jump the queue See queue-jump
- (intr often foll by up) to form or remain in a line while waiting
- computing to arrange (a number of programs) in a predetermined order for accessing by a computer
Word Origin for queue
late 15c., "band attached to a letter with seals dangling on the free end," from French queue "a tail," from Old French cue, coe "tail" (12c., also "penis"), from Latin coda (dialectal variant or alternative form of cauda) "tail," of unknown origin. Also in literal use in 16c. English, "tail of a beast," especially in heraldry. The Middle English metaphoric extension to "line of dancers" (c.1500) led to extended sense of "line of people, etc." (1837). Also used 18c. in sense of "braid of hair hanging down behind" (first attested 1748).