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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cue
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  1. The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.
  2. The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next succeeding player to speak; any word or words which serve to remind a player to speak or to do something; a catchword."When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer." [Shak.]
  3. A hint or intimation."Give them [the servants] their cue to attend in two lines as he leaves the house." [Swift.]
  4. The part one has to perform in, or as in, a play."Were it my cueto fight, I should have known it Without a prompter." [Shak.]
  5. Humor; temper of mind.(Colloq)
  6. A straight tapering rod used to impel the balls in playing billiards.

Etymology: OF. coue coe, F. queue, fr. L. coda cauda, tail. Cf. Caudal Coward Queue

verb Cue
To form into a cue; to braid; to twist.
noun Cue
A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing.

Note: ☞ The term was formerly current in the English universities, the letter q being the mark in the buttery books to denote such a portion. Nares.

Etymology: From q, an abbreviation for quadrans a farthing

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards
  2. A stimulus that provides information about what to do
  3. Evidence that helps to solve a problem
  4. An actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
  5. Assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
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From the letter Q, abbreviation of Latin quando (“when”), marked on actor's play copy where they were to begin.

  1. An action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something.
  2. The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next actor to speak; any word or words which serve to remind an actor to speak or to do something; a catchword.
  3. A hint or intimation.
  4. (obsolete) Humour; temper of mind.
  5. The name of the Latin-script letter Q/q.
  6. (obsolete, Britain, universities) A small portion of bread or beer; the quantity bought with a farthing or half farthing and noted with a q (for Latin quadrans farthing) in the buttery books.
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  1. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A straight tapering stick used to hit the balls in various games.
  2. (obsolete) The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.

Variant of queue.

  1. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A straight tapering stick used to hit the balls in various games.
  2. (obsolete) The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.

    cue was also found in the following language(s): Old French

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    Ethnicity Cue U.S.
      White 45.20% 64.26%
      African American 24.17% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.27% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.75% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.57% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 24.04% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Cue

    • How Popular is the name Cue? As a last name Cue was the 17,639th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Cue first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cue is Wednesday, April 20th, 1881.
    • How unique is the name Cue? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cue. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Cue: Your name in reverse order is Euc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ceu. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Cue? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,593 people with the last name Cue.
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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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