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

Drummers should be tipped according to the length of their solos: 20% of the cover charge for a short solo; 10% for a long one. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "A Few Rules for a World of Tipping Just About Everyone," 14 Feb. 2019 This is the fee that ERs charge for walking in the door and seeking care, something akin to a cover charge at a bar. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Dec. 2018 Shows usually start at 9, with cover charges ranging from nada to $12 at the door. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucket list: 25 top things to do in Milwaukee," 13 Apr. 2018 The cover charge at that event in April was $15 for early arrivals. Frances Stead Sellers,, "Stormy Daniels to visit Washington this week — for a strip-club show," 8 July 2018 There will be no cover charge or age restriction for Sunday’s shows. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 July 2018 Boycott: There's no cover charge until 10:30 and an indoor-outdoor event will feature drink specials all night. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Phoenix Pride: The parade, the performers and everything you need to know to attend," 3 Apr. 2018 There’s no cover charge; there’s no price to play the games. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 July 2018 Theater officials said there is no cover charge to get in to watch the game, which will be shown on a 40-foot screen. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Arcada Theatre in St. Charles to show World Cup final on its big screen," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of cover charge

1921, in the meaning defined above

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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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