Queue of people outside a store
Queue of people outside a store

Difference between Queue and Row

The English Language nouns Queue and Row have related meanings, but they are different, as I shall explain, using British English examples.

Queue (noun) means a line of people waiting for something, where the person at the "head" of the queue will be served next. In US English this is called a "line".
"I joined the queue at the Post Office 15 minutes ago and I still haven't been served."
"Do you want to join the queue for this ride, or come back later?"
"The queue at the tower was 45 minutes long, but the view from the top was amazing."
"The queue for a table is over an hour, shall we call you when one comes free?"

Row (noun) has several meanings, but the one that is closest to "queue" is a line of objects or people next to each other. While a queue implies people waiting for their turn, a row could just be a static line of people, or objects.
"Please arrange the chairs in row along the back wall."
"Hi everyone, please form a row over here and Megan and I will choose the teams."
"This row of houses dates from the 18th Century."

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