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French queue (line of people), from Latin cauda

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Noun

Singular
queue

Plural
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  1. (Commonwealth) A line of people, vehicles or other objects, in which one at the front end is dealt with first, the one behind is dealt with next, and so on, and which newcomers join at the opposite end.
    • 1916, John Buchan, Greenmantle, Chapter 5,
      I was absent-minded at the moment and was last in the queue.
  2. (Commonwealth) A waiting list or other means of organising people or objects into a first-come-first-served order.
  3. (computing) A data structure in which objects are removed from one end, called the head, and added to the other, called the tail; these ends may (a LIFO queue or stack) or may not (A FIFO queue) coincide.
    • 2005, David Flanagan, Java in a Nutshell, p. 234,
      Queue implementations are commonly based on insertion order as in first-in, first-out (FIFO) queues or last-in, first-out queues (LIFO queues are also known as stacks).
  4. (mostly Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A men's hairstyle whose primary attribute is a braid (sometimes a ponytail, after the French meaning) at the back of the head, such as that worn by men in Imperial China.
    • 1889, Arthur Conan Doyle, Micah Clarke, Chapter XIX
      [] , there were seated astraddle the whole hundred of the baronet's musqueteers, each engaged in plaiting into a queue the hair of the man who sat in front of him.
    • 1912, Herbert Allen Giles, China and the Manchus, Chapter III — Shun Chih,
      A large number of loyal officials, rather than shave the front part of the head and wear the Manchu queue, voluntarily shaved the whole head, []

Synonyms

  • (Line of people, vehicles, etc): line (US)

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Verb

Infinitive
to queue

Third person singular
queues

Simple past
queued

Past participle
-

Present participle
queueing or queuing

to queue (third-person singular simple present queues, present participle queueing or queuing, simple past and past participle queued)
  1. (Commonwealth) To put oneself or itself at the end of a waiting line.
  2. (Commonwealth) To arrange themselves into a physical waiting queue.

Synonyms

  • (place itself at the end of a queue): join a queue, join the queue, line up

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See also


French

Etymology

Latin cauda

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Homophones

Noun

queue f. (plural queues)

  1. tail
  2. queue, line
  3. (vulgar Template loop detected: Template:context 1) cock, dick

Synonyms

queue, line

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