waiting list


a list of persons waiting, as for reservations, appointments, living accommodations, or admission to a school.

Also waitlist.

Origin of waiting list

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Related Words for waiting list

standby, waitlist

Examples from the Web for waiting list

Historical Examples of waiting list

  • Ethel said she hoped so and to please push it along, as she had quite a Waiting-List.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • To that I added that the waiting-list would be so long that the old scoundrels would be fighting among themselves to get in.

  • His passion for truth was so repelling that the Mutual Admiration Society refused to record his name even on its waiting-list.

  • The stores of the better class had nothing to offer her except to put her name on the waiting-list.

  • So she persuaded Deacon Flugal and several gentlemen who were on the waiting-list of her pupils to arrange it for her.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for waiting list

waiting list


a list of people waiting to obtain some object, treatment, status, etc
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