verb (used with or without object), queued, queu·ing.
Origin of queue
The first recorded meaning of queue in English, from Old French, dates from the late 15th century and meant “a band of parchment attached to a document and bearing a seal.” The historical sense “a braid of hair worn hanging down from the head or a wig,” dates from the 18th century. The very modern computing sense of queue “a sequence of items, as data, messages, jobs, or the like, waiting for action” dates from the 1960s.
Examples from the Web for queue
A few years ago, I was standing in a queue behind two men and eavesdropping on their conversation.
With Seacrest, the queue of big-name Miss Havishams in lacy, "nude" boring dresses reached a critical mass.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
I walked along the shining hoods until I came to a shabby town car at the tail of the queue.
As this wes said, Ledingtoun smyleit, and spak secreitlie to the Queue in hir eare; what it wes, the tabill hard nocht.The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)|John Knox
It is by far the heaviest strand and continues, uninterruptedly, into the queue.The Die Varieties of the Nesbitt Series of United States Envelopes|Victor M. Berthold
"I don't intend to plait my hair in a queue any more," Hamish declared contemptuously.The Story of Old Fort Loudon|Charles Egbert Craddock
Denton became aware of his duties, and hurried to join the tail of the queue.Tales of Space and Time|Herbert George Wells
He carried one long leg on a crutch, and his elongated tail was tied to the queue of his wig.The City Curious|Jean de Bosschre
British Dictionary definitions for queue
verb queues, queuing, queueing or queued
Word Origin for queue
Word Origin and History for queue (1 of 2)
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).