- 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
- 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).