que

que

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of que in English

English Online Dictionary. What means que‎? What does que mean?

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kjuː/
  • Rhymes: -uː
  • Homophones: cue, Q, queue

Noun

que (countable and uncountable, plural ques)

  1. (US, informal, rare) Clipping of barbeque.
    • 2009 December 25, Nick Cramer, in My "homemade" Italian meatball recipe - for Nick and Meir, in soc.culture.jewish.moderated, Usenet:
      Then about 1950 two German brothers who had a meat market began cooking BBQ in their market to use up left over meat. One got the idea to smoke a brisket as he was smoking sausage one weekend. He left it all weekend in his smokehouse and on Monday as they were serving their que, pork, sausage & chicken, he cut a slice []
    • 2010 September 22, Nanzi (username), in Re: Yoy guys are killing this group, in alt.food.barbecue, Usenet:
      Instead please join in the sharing of que methods and recipes, or questions.
    • 2011, Kathy Reichs, Spider Bones: A Novel →ISBN, page 57
      The back route I favor involves a long stretch on Highway 74 and brings me close enough to Lumberton for a barbeque detour. That was my target today. Being already in Lumberton, it only made sense to score some “que.”

Anagrams

  • equ-

Asturian

Etymology

From Latin quid.

Pronoun

que

  1. that, what, which

Related terms

  • qué

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Central) IPA(key): /kə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /ke/

Etymology 1

From Latin quem, accusative of quī,.

Pronoun

que

  1. (relative) that, which
  2. (relative) that, who, whom
Related terms
  • què

Etymology 2

From Latin quid, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid, compare *kʷis.

Conjunction

que

  1. (relative) that
  2. (in comparisons) than

Adverb

que

  1. how; used to indicate surprise, delight and such.

See also

  • què

Fala

Etymology

From Old Portuguese que, from Latin quid (that), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid.

Conjunction

que

  1. that (connecting noun clause)
  2. than (used in comparisons, to introduce the basis of comparison)

Derived terms

  • o que

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kə/
  • Rhymes:

Etymology 1

From Latin quia.

Conjunction

que

  1. that (introduces a noun clause and connects it to its parent clause)
    Je vois que tu parles bien français. — I see that you speak French well.
  2. (used with ne) only (ne ... que parses roughly as "(do[es]) not / nothing ... other than")
    Je ne mange que des fruits. — I eat only fruits.
  3. Substitutes for another, previously stated conjunction.
    Si le temps est beau et que tout le monde est d'accord, nous mangerons en plein air. — If the weather is nice and if everyone likes the idea, we'll eat outside.
  4. when, no sooner.
    Il était à peine parti qu'elle a téléphoné à la police.No sooner had he left when she called the police.
  5. Links two noun phrases in apposition forming a clause without a (finite) verb, such that the complement acts as predicate.
    • 1918, Jean Giradoux, Simon le pathétique:
      —Quelle belle fleur que la rose! dit-elle soudain, alors qu'aucune rose n'était en vue […].
      ‘What a beautiful flower the rose is!’ she said suddenly, though no rose was in sight.
Usage notes
  • Unlike its English counterpart, que (sense 1) cannot be omitted in Standard French.
  • Ne...que, though it may look like a negative structure, is not a true negative. The partitive article is used after it and does not change into de as with other negatives.
Derived terms
  • parce que
  • bien que

Etymology 2

From Latin quam.

Conjunction

que

  1. than (introduces a comparison)
    Il est plus grand que son père. — He is taller than his father.

Etymology 3

From Latin quid, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid, compare *kʷis.

Pronoun

que

  1. (slightly formal) The inanimate direct-object interrogative pronoun.
    Que pensez-vous de cette peinture ?What do you think of that painting?
  2. (slightly formal) The inanimate subject or predicative interrogative pronoun.
    Qu'est-il arrivé ?
    Que me vaut cette visite ?
    Que sommes nous ?What are we?

Synonyms

  • (colloquial) qu'est-ce que (object); qu'est-ce qui (subject)

Etymology 4

From Latin quem, accusative of qui.

Pronoun

que

  1. The direct object relative pronoun.
    C'est un homme que je connais très bien. — He's a man whom I know very well.
    Je viens de lire la lettre que vous m'avez envoyée. — I've just read the letter that you sent me.

See also

  • quoi

Further reading

  • “que” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Galician

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old Portuguese que, from Latin quid.

Conjunction

que

  1. that

Etymology 2

From Latin quid.

Adjective

que

  1. what; which (interrogative only)
    ¿Que camisa queres? - “Which shirt do you want?”

Adverb

que

  1. how; what (comparative)
    que lástima - “how sad”
  2. used to express an adjective; how [mostly not translated]
    que feo
    ¡[how] ugly!
    que alto
    ¡[how] tall!
    que bonito
    ¡[how] cool!

Pronoun

que

  1. what (interrogative only)
    ¿Que ves? - “What do you see?”
  2. that, which

Etymology 3

Noun

que f (plural ques)

  1. Name of the letter q.

Ido

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kwe/, /kwɛ/

Noun

que (plural que-i)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter Q/q.

See also

  • (Latin script letter names) litero; a, be, ce, che, de, e, fe, ge, he, i, je, ke, le, me, ne, o, pe, que, re, se, she, te, u, ve, we, xe, ye, ze (Category: io:Latin letter names)

Indo-Portuguese

Etymology

From Portuguese que, from Old Portuguese que, from Latin quid (what), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid.

Pronoun

que

  1. that; which
    • 1883, Hugo Schuchardt, Kreolische Studien, volume 3:
      [] , que da-cá su quião que ta pertencê a êll.
      [] , to give him his share which belongs to him.

Interlingua

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /k(w)e/

Conjunction

que

  1. that

Pronoun

que

  1. what (interrogative)
    Que tu prefere? - What do you prefer?

Derived terms

  • perque
  • proque
  • quecunque, qualcunque, etc.

Mandarin

Romanization

que

  1. Nonstandard spelling of quē.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of qué.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of què.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Middle French

Etymology 1

From Latin quia.

Conjunction

que

  1. that

Etymology 2

From Latin quid.

Pronoun

que

  1. what

Descendants

  • French: que

Novial

Pronoun

que

  1. (interrogative) who

Old French

Alternative forms

  • ke

Etymology

From Latin quid, quis.

Pronoun

que

  1. (interrogative) what, who
  2. (indefinite) (that) which

Conjunction

que

  1. that

Derived terms

  • kil

Descendants

  • Middle French: que
    • French: que

Old Occitan

Etymology

From Latin quid, quis.

Pronoun

que

  1. (interrogative) what, who
  2. (indefinite) (that) which

Descendants

  • Catalan: què
  • Occitan: qué

Conjunction

que

  1. that

Old Portuguese

Alternative forms

  • , (abbreviation, in manuscripts)

Etymology

From Latin quid (what), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid.

Conjunction

que

  1. that (introduces a connecting clause)

Descendants

  • Fala: que
  • Galician: que
  • Portuguese: que
    • Indo-Portuguese: que

Portuguese

Alternative forms

  • q (abbreviation)
  • (abbreviation, obsolete)

Etymology

From Old Portuguese que, from Latin quid (what), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid, compare *kʷis.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /kɨ/
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ki/
    • Homophone: qui
  • (South Brazil) IPA(key): /ke/
    • Homophone: quê
  • Hyphenation: que

Conjunction

que

  1. that (connecting noun clause)
    • 2003, Lya Wyler (translator), J. K. Rowling (English author), Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Rocco, page 227:
      Pensei que você tivesse dito que ela estava só mandando você escrever!
      I thought that you had said that she was just ordering you to write!
    • 2007, Lya Wyler (translator), J. K. Rowling (English author), Harry Potter e as Relíquias da Morte (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Rocco, page 588:
      Pensei que eles fossem invisíveis.
      I thought that they were invisible.
  2. that (introducing the result of the main clause)
  3. than (used in comparisons, to introduce the basis of comparison)
  4. (only in subordinate clauses) seeing as; since; for; because (introduces explanatory clause).
  5. (only in subordinate clauses) and (indicating the consequences of an action, often threateningly)

Quotations

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:que.

Synonyms

  • (than): do que
  • (because): por causa que, porque

Derived terms

Pronoun

que

  1. (interrogative) what (used to ask for a specification)
  2. (relative) which; that; who (of those mentioned)
  3. (indefinite) what thing
  4. what a (preceding nouns); how (preceding adjectives) (indicates surprise, delight, or other strong feelings)

Synonyms

  • (what thing): o que

Spanish

Etymology

From Latin quid, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid, compare *kʷis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ke/
  • Homophone: qué

Conjunction

que

  1. that
  2. than
  3. indicating a reason, roughly because
  4. indicating desire or permission

Pronoun

que

  1. who; that
    la estrella que está en la película - “the star who is in the movie”
  2. that; whom
    la mujer con la que yo hablé - “the woman with whom I spoke”
  3. that; which
    la casa que yo quiero - “the house that I want”

Preposition

que

  1. than
  2. like, as

Particle

que

  1. to

Derived terms

  • quehacer m

Related terms

  • qué

See also

  • q

Vietnamese

Etymology

From Proto-Vietic *k-vɛː; cognate with Muong que and Tho [Cuối Chăm] [kʰwɛː¹].

Pronunciation

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [kwɛ˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [kwɛ˧˧]
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [wɛ˧˧]

Noun

(classifier cái, cây) que

  1. small stick

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