a braid of hair worn hanging down behind.
a file or line, especially of people waiting their turn.
Computers. a FIFO-organized sequence of items, as data, messages, jobs, or the like, waiting for action.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), queued, queuing.
to form in a line while waiting (often followed by up ).
Computers. to arrange (data, jobs, messages, etc.) into a queue.

1585–95; < Middle French < Latin cauda, cōda tail

queuer, noun

cue, queue, Kew.
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queue (kjuː)
1.  a line of people, vehicles, etc, waiting for something: a queue at the theatre
2.  computing a list in which entries are deleted from one end and inserted at the other
3.  a pigtail
4.  jump the queue See queue-jump
vb (often foll by up) , queues, queuing, queueing, queued
5.  to form or remain in a line while waiting
6.  computing to arrange (a number of programs) in a predetermined order for accessing by a computer
[C16 (in the sense: tail); C18 (in the sense: pigtail): via French from Latin cauda tail]

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Word Origin & History

15c., "tail of a beast" (heraldic term), from Fr. queue "a tail," from O.Fr. cue "tail," from L. coda (dialectal variant of cauda) "tail," of unknown origin. The M.E. metaphoric extension to "line of dancers" led to extended sense of "line of people, etc." (1837). Also used 18c. in sense of "braid of
hair" (first attested 1748). The verb meaning "to stand in a line" is recorded from 1927 (implied in queuing). Churchill is said to have coined Queuetopia (1950), to describe Britain under Labour or Socialist rule.
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Example sentences
Students then queued up outside the auditorium to swab, chatting with friends
  and catching up on homework while waiting in line.
Amazon's already queued up tons of content to buy, including a few daily
And as a result, the people who were queued up behaved differently.
Minicabs must be called or booked in advance and cannot be hailed or queued for
  on the street.
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