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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cover charge was in 1921

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“Cover charge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

cover charge

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