cork·​age | \ ˈkȯr-kij How to pronounce corkage (audio) \

Definition of corkage

: a charge (as by a restaurant) for opening a bottle of wine bought elsewhere

Examples of corkage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In California, almost all restaurants allow corkage. Rob Arnott, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2021 Perhaps set corkage at the median price on the wine list. Rob Arnott, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2021 Some states help the restaurateurs—but assuredly not the customers—by banning corkage. Rob Arnott, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2021 What started as a complaint over a $16 corkage fee for bringing gin to a hotel restaurant in Thailand has landed an American man in jail. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 30 Sep. 2020 The hotel, which is on Koh Chang island in southwest Thailand, claimed that Barnes had a dispute with the hotel staff over a corkage fee for alcoholic beverages brought into the hotel’s restaurant. NBC News, 30 Sep. 2020 According to the hotel, the issue arose from an incident when Barnes brought outside alcohol to their restaurant on June 27 without paying the establishment's corkage fee. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 29 Sep. 2020 An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2020 And should one of the store’s many wines interest you, there’s only an $8 corkage fee to open a non-menu bottle at your table. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of corkage

1838, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2021

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“Corkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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