- a row formed by the hosts, guests of honor, or the like, for receiving guests formally at a ball, reception, etc.
Origin of receiving line
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for receiving line
I saw you talking to him; but you ought to have come earlier while there was a receiving-line ready for you.Otherwise Phyllis