Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “queue”

See all translations

queue

noun [C] uk   /kjuː/ UK ( US line) us  
B1 a line of people, usually standing or in cars, waiting for something: Are you in the queue for tickets? There was a long queue of traffic stretching down the road. If you want tickets you'll have to join the queue. disapproving It makes me mad when someone jumps the queue (= goes straight to the front). a lot of people wanting something: There's a queue of companies wanting to sell the product.
More examples

queue

verb [I] uk   /kjuː/ UK ( US line, US line up, also UK queue up) us  
B2 to wait in a line of people, often to buy something: Dozens of people were queueing up to get tickets. We had to queue for three hours to get in. informal to want very much to do something: [+ to infinitive] There are thousands of young women queueing up to be models.
More examples
Translations of “queue”
in Korean 줄…
in Arabic رَتْل, طابور…
in French file d’attente…
in Turkish kuyruk, sıra…
in Italian coda, fila…
in Chinese (Traditional) (人或車排成的)隊,隊伍,行列, (想獲取某物的)許多人…
in Russian очередь…
in Polish kolejka…
in Spanish fila…
in Portuguese fila…
in German die Schlange…
in Catalan cua…
in Japanese 列, 行列…
in Chinese (Simplified) (人或车排成的)队,行列, (想获取某物的)许多人…
(Definition of queue from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of queue?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “queue” in other dictionaries

SMART Thesaurus: Things collected in lines or rings

“queue”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

luck out

to be very lucky

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More