[ kyoo ]
/ kyu /


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.

verb (used with or without object), queued, queu·ing.

to form in a line while waiting (often followed by up).
Computers. to arrange (data, jobs, messages, etc.) into a queue.

Origin of queue

1585–95; < Middle French < Latin cauda, cōda tail
Related formsqueu·er, noun
Can be confusedcue Kew queue
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British Dictionary definitions for queue


/ (kjuː) mainly British /


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

verb queues, queuing, queueing or queued

(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
US and Canadian word: line

Word Origin for queue

C16 (in the sense: tail); C18 (in the sense: pigtail): via French from Latin cauda tail
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