queue

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

1.
nv
a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
form a queue, form a line, stand in line
2.
n
a braid of hair at the back of the head
Full Definitions of queue
1

n a line of people or vehicles waiting for something

Synonyms:
waiting line
Types:
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bread line, breadline
a queue of people waiting for free food
checkout line
a queue of people waiting to pay for purchases
chow line
a queue of people waiting for food to be served (especially at a military camp)
gas line
a queue of vehicles waiting to purchase gasoline
reception line
a line of people (hosts and guests of honor) who welcome the guests at a reception party
ticket line
a queue of people waiting to buy tickets
unemployment line
a queue of people waiting for employment
Type of:
line
a formation of people or things one behind another

n (information processing) an ordered list of tasks to be performed or messages to be transmitted

Types:
push-down queue
a queue in which the last item to go in is the first item to come out (LIFO)
Type of:
list, listing
a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

v form a queue, form a line, stand in line

Synonyms:
line up, queue up
Type of:
stand, stand up
be standing; be upright
2

n a braid of hair at the back of the head

Type of:
braid, plait, tress, twist
a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair