Definition of cue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kjuː//
    Pool and snooker, Producing a play
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  1. 1an action or event that is a signal for somebody to do something cue (for something) Jon's arrival was a cue for more champagne. cue (to do something) I think that's my cue to explain why I'm here.
  2. 2a few words or an action in a play that is a signal for another actor to do something She stood in the wings and waited for her cue to go on. Wordfindercue, dresser, matinee, opening night, ovation, performance, prompter, rehearsal, scene-shifter, stage manager See related entries: Producing a play
  3. 3a long wooden stick with a leather tip, used for hitting the ball in the games of billiards, pool and snooker See related entries: Pool and snooker
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin. noun sense 3 mid 18th cent. (denoting a long plait or pigtail): variant of queue.Extra examples Her husband took his cue, and said that it was time for them to leave. I can’t just cry on cue! She had not yet been given the cue to go on to the stage. They all took their cue from their leader. This remark provided the cue for the crowd to start jeering. This was the cue for him to come into the room. I think that’s my cue to explain why I’m here. Jon’s arrival was a cue for more champagne.Idioms at exactly the moment you expect or that is appropriate ‘Where is that boy?’ As if on cue, Simon appeared in the doorway.
    take your cue from somebody/something
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    to copy what somebody else does as an example of how to behave or what to do Investors are taking their cue from the big banks and selling dollars.
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