receiving line

noun

Definition of receiving line

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

Examples of receiving line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the screening, with Sarandos at her side, Avant greeted all 400 or so guests individually, in a quasi-receiving line—just as an ambassador would. Matthew Belloni, Town & Country, "Ted Sarandos and Nicole Avant Are Redefining Power for the 21st Century," 22 Oct. 2020 There would be no epic last bash, no final plotline, no receiving line of castmates. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Kristian Alfonso: What I’ve Learned From Nearly 30 Years on Days of Our Lives," 12 Oct. 2020 Pitts became the fifth SEC player and 41st NCAA FBS player with at least an 8-170-4 receiving line since the 2020 season, and the first tight end to do so. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 from Week 1," 30 Sep. 2020 Everyone must maintain a distance of 6 feet from those not in their household, and the floor will be marked for the Communion receiving line. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about in-person religious services in Milwaukee as suburban orders expire," 22 May 2020 Instead, a staff member told the powerful Medicare chief to head to the receiving line with the rank and file. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "Coronavirus Casts Unwelcome Spotlight on Trump’s Health Secretary," 29 Apr. 2020 Everyone must maintain a distance of 6 feet from those not in their household, and the floor will be marked for the Communion receiving line. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Archdiocese of Milwaukee allows Catholic Masses to resume at 25% capacity beginning May 31," 1 May 2020 The receiving line at the Emerson Hotel reception was nearly three hours long, and two women reportedly fainted in the crowd. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Former Baltimore Mayor Thomas 'Young Tommy’ D’Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90," 20 Oct. 2019 Mary and Chuck stood on the receiving line for five hours, comforting those who came to comfort them. Michael Powell, New York Times, "He Was Fearless on a Football Field. But He Sensed Something Wasn’t Right.," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of receiving line

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Receiving line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receiving%20line. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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receiving line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of receiving line

US : 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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