Meaning of QUEUE in English

/ kjuː; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


( BrE ) ( NAmE line ) a line of people, cars, etc. waiting for sth or to do sth :

the bus queue

I had to join a queue for the toilets.

How long were you in the queue ?

There was a queue of traffic waiting to turn right.


( computing ) a list of items of data stored in a particular order


see jump verb

■ verb ( queu·ing or queue·ing )


[ v ] ( BrE ) queue (up) (for sth) to wait in a line of people, vehicles, etc. in order to do sth, get sth or go somewhere :

We had to queue up for an hour for the tickets.

Queue here for taxis.


( computing ) to add tasks to other tasks so that they are ready to be done in order; to come together to be done in order :

[ vn ]

The system queues the jobs before they are processed.

[also v ]


- be queuing up (for sth / to do sth)



late 16th cent. (as a heraldic term denoting the tail of an animal): from French , based on Latin cauda tail. Compare with cue long stick used for playing billiards, pool and snooker . Sense 1 dates from the mid 19th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.