A queue is a line of things, usually people. If you go to the store on a big sale day, there will probably be a long queue at the check-out.
Queue comes from the Latin cauda, for tail. Outside the United States it means a line of people or vehicles waiting their turn, so if your English friend talks about queuing up for the movies, that means getting in line for a ticket. We also use it in computing to mean an order of messages to be sent. In a big office, you send documents to the printer queue, and they're printed in the order they are sent.
Primary Meanings of queue
a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
form a queue, form a line, stand in line
a braid of hair at the back of the head
n a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
- waiting line
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bread line, breadline
a queue of people waiting for free food
a queue of people waiting to pay for purchases
a queue of people waiting for food to be served (especially at a military camp)
a queue of vehicles waiting to purchase gasoline
a line of people (hosts and guests of honor) who welcome the guests at a reception party
a queue of people waiting to buy tickets
a queue of people waiting for employment
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a formation of people or things one behind another