cover charge


Definition of cover charge

: a charge made by a restaurant or nightclub in addition to the charge for food and drink

Examples of cover charge in a Sentence

The nightclub has a $5 cover charge.
Recent Examples on the Web The gathering included a cover charge, a DJ and food and drink for sale, a BACP spokesman said. Josh Noel,, "City shuts down makeshift club in a home in Old Town, cites 6 businesses for COVID-19 violations," 5 Mar. 2021 The $15 cover charge includes a free champagne toast, and the bar/restaurant plans to stay open until 1 a.m. in violation of the state’s closing time for outdoor dining and food pickup and delivery. Gloria Casas,, "Handful of restaurants, bars in Elgin-area plan to flaunt ban on indoor dining and hold New Year’s Eve celebrations," 29 Dec. 2020 In no sane world is entrance to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Glacier, etc., only ten bucks more than the cover charge at Assateague Island National Seashore. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Raise the Entrance Fees for Our National Parks," 25 Nov. 2020 Also a $10 cover charge will be donated to the center. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Yes, you can get into the holiday spirit: Our guide to Christmas entertainment, events and things to do," 20 Nov. 2020 For a small cover charge, fans get a commemorative T-shirt each week along with a small breakfast. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football having breakout year — and long-suffering Hoosiers fans can't be there to see it," 13 Nov. 2020 Expect a cover charge of $25 per person for Thursdays at the Gordy and $50 per person for lounge seating in the Edmundson Gallery. Alison Medley, Chron, "Houston theater debuts socially distanced happy hour series with a touch of jazz," 28 Oct. 2020 The venue is not charging a cover charge up until 6 p.m. al, "Everything you need to know about flinging a dead fish into Alabama," 23 Oct. 2020 The paper quoted sources as saying the venue was hosting a hookah party with a cover charge and that under COVID restrictions the size of the crowd was limited to 45 people. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NYC banquet hall cited for huge party that violated coronavirus restrictions," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cover charge

1921, in the meaning defined above

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18 Mar 2021

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“Cover charge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cover charge

: an amount of money that must be paid to go into a nightclub or restaurant in addition to the charge for food and drink

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