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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin receptio, from recipere; RECEIVE

reception

noun
     
Related topics: Tourism, Broadcasting
re‧cep‧tion W3
1

welcome/reaction

[countable usually singular] a particular type of welcome for someone, or a particular type of reaction to their ideas, work etc [↪ receive]:
She was unsure of her reception after everything that had happened.
a warm/good/enthusiastic reception
The delegates gave him a warm reception.
a hostile/cool/frosty reception
His ideas met with a hostile reception.
receive/have/get/meet with a ... reception
He got a great reception from the crowd.
The plans received a mixed reception from unions (=some people liked it, others did not).
2

hotel/office

[uncountable]
a) DLTBB the desk or office where visitors arriving in a hotel or large organization go first:
Please leave your key at the reception desk.
I asked the man at reception.
b) British EnglishDLTBB the area around or in front of this desk or office [= lobby]:
I'll wait for you in reception.
3

party

[countable] a large formal party to celebrate an event or to welcome someone:
It's an ideal location for a wedding reception.
The occasion was marked by a civic reception.
4

signals

[uncountable]TCB the act of receiving radio, television, or other signals, or the quality of signals you receive:
listeners complaining about poor reception
5

football

[countable] the act of catching the ball in American football
WORD FOCUS: hotel WORD FOCUS: hotel
types of hotel: motel, inn, B&B British English, guesthouse British English

types of room: double room (=has a bed for two people)
twin room
(=has two single beds)
single room
(=for one person)
suite
(=has two or more rooms)

people who work at a hotel: desk clerk (=gives you your key)
bellboy
British English/bellhop American English (=takes your bags up to your room)
maid
also chambermaid (=cleans your room)
manager

someone who is staying at a hotel: guest

the place where you check in, check out, and pay your bill: front desk, reception British English

an arrangement to stay at a hotel: reservation also booking British English

hotel services: room service, wake-up call


See also
hotel
WORD FOCUS: marry WORD FOCUS: marry
wedding the ceremony at which people get married
bride
the woman who is getting married
bridegroom
/groom the man who is getting married
the best man
a friend of the groom, who helps him and gives a speech
bridesmaid
a woman or girl who helps the bride
matron of honour
British English/honor American English a married woman who helps the bride on her wedding day
reception
the meal after the wedding
honeymoon
the holiday that people go on after they get married
hen night
British English/bridal shower American English a party before the wedding for the bride
stag night
British English/bachelor party American English a party before the wedding for the groom
propose
to ask someone to marry you
get engaged
to formally agree to marry each other
marry

See also
marry

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