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1 [kyoo]
anything said or done, on or off stage, that is followed by a specific line or action: An off-stage door slam was his cue to enter.
anything that excites to action; stimulus.
a hint; intimation; guiding suggestion.
the part a person is to play; a prescribed or necessary course of action.
a sensory signal used to identify experiences, facilitate memory, or organize responses.
Archaic. frame of mind; mood.
verb (used with object), cued, cuing.
to provide with a cue or indication; give a cue to; prompt: Will you cue me on my lines?
to insert, or direct to come in, in a specific place in a musical or dramatic performance (usually followed by in or into ): to cue in a lighting effect.
to search for and reach (a specific track on a recording) (sometimes followed by up ).
cue (someone) in, Informal. to inform; give instructions, information, news, etc., to: Cue him in on the plans for the dance.
miss a cue,
to fail to respond to a cue.
Informal. to miss the point: You could tell by his expression that he had missed a cue.

1545–55; spelled name of the letter q as an abbreviation (found in acting scripts) of Latin quandō when

1. signal. 3. sign, clue, key, tip, inkling.
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cue1 (kjuː)
1.  a.  (in the theatre, films, music, etc) anything spoken or done that serves as a signal to an actor, musician, etc, to follow with specific lines or action
 b.  on cue at the right moment
2.  a signal or reminder to do something
3.  psychol the part of any sensory pattern that is identified as the signal for a response
4.  the part, function, or action assigned to or expected of a person
vb (usually foll by in or into) , cues, cueing, cued
5.  (tr) to give a cue or cues to (an actor)
6.  to signal (to something or somebody) at a specific moment in a musical or dramatic performance: to cue in a flourish of trumpets
7.  (tr) to give information or a reminder to (someone)
8.  (intr) to signal the commencement of filming, as with the word "Action!"
[C16: probably from name of the letter q, used in an actor's script to represent Latin quando when]

cue2 (kjuː)
1.  billiards, snooker a long tapered shaft with a leather tip, used to drive the balls
2.  hair caught at the back forming a tail or braid
3.  (US) a variant spelling of queue
vb , cues, cueing, cued
4.  to drive (a ball) with a cue
5.  (tr) to twist or tie (the hair) into a cue
[C18: variant of queue]

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Word Origin & History

"stage direction," 1553, from Q, used 16c., 17c. in plays to indicate actors' entrances, probably abbrev. of L. quando "when" or a similar word. The verb is 1928, from the noun.

"billiard stick," 1749, var. of queue (q.v.). Cue ball first recorded 1881.
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