receiving line


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 At that moment, Nicolas Batum was making his way through a receiving line of coaches and staffers, all smiles and fist-bumps. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Biden and first lady Jill Biden shook hands with Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of Papal Household, in the San Damaso courtyard and then greeted a receiving line of about a half-dozen papal ushers, or gentlemen. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 When the Timberwolves’ victory was over, a receiving line met Beverley at midcourt. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 The wedding was lovely, but because of the virus, there was no receiving line. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2021 Standing with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a longtime adviser to the bank, Mr. Dimon shook hands in a receiving line at a cocktail reception. David Benoit, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2020 With large funerals banned, the tweets have served as a virtual receiving line for the bereaved. Author: William Wan, Brittany Shammas, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Dec. 2020 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, 22 Oct. 2020 There would be no epic last bash, no final plotline, no receiving line of castmates. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of receiving line

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of receiving line was in 1933

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12 Dec 2021

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“Receiving line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of receiving line

: 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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