a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc.
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How to use receiving line in a sentence
As he and his wife Jill shook hands of those waiting for him in a long receiving line leading to the waiting pontiff, he said, “It’s good to be back.”Pope Francis and President Ignore Elephant in Room at Vatican Lovefest | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 29, 2021 | The Daily Beast
We were in the receiving line, and people were coming through, and they were making small talk.CFDA Awards Show Features Hillary Clinton, Oscar de la Renta | Isabel Wilkinson | June 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I stood next to him once in a receiving line, and was amazed at his memory for names and faces.
Another recent flap involved the White House receiving line.
Her eyes were playing up and down the receiving line, a world of veiled contempt in their blue depths.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
When they had won clear of the receiving line, Leila indulged in a subdued ripple of laughter.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
The year before, at a White House reception, he had singled her out to stand at his side in the receiving line.Susan B. Anthony | Alma Lutz
Having passed the receiving line, the Westons held a small reception of their own.In Her Own Right | John Reed Scott
The ten old men of the receiving line were drawn up in battle array, in all the glory of their best clothes.The Comings of Cousin Ann | Emma Speed Sampson