receiving line

noun
Updated on: 3 Apr 2018

Definition of receiving line

: a group of people who stand in a line and individually welcome guests (as at a wedding reception)

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First Known Use of receiving line

1933

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receiving line

Definition of receiving line for English Language Learners

  • : a group of family members and friends who stand in line at a wedding, funeral, or other formal occasion to welcome or greet guests and receive their good wishes, their sympathy, etc.


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