self-ser·​vice ˈself-ˈsər-vəs How to pronounce self-service (audio)
: the serving of oneself (as in a restaurant or gas station) with goods or services to be paid for at a cashier's desk or by using a coin-operated mechanism or a credit or debit card
self-service adjective

Examples of self-service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Intuitive self-service capabilities to register candidates, extend expiration dates, view status, and generate custom reports. Kansas City Star, 4 Apr. 2024 JetBlue charges $50 per ticket per person when an agent handles itinerary changes, rather than passengers using self-service options. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 While most people can agree that tipping for service at a restaurant or café is reasonable, many are having a hard time getting behind leaving extra dollars at retail stores, airports, and even self-service kiosks. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2024 In a few days, thousands of weary travelers will get to taste what all the brew-haha is all about when Ampersand’s $2 million self-service cafe inside Terminal C at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport debuts. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Mar. 2024 Making the shift to self-service and online buying must be done in pieces. Kimberly Deobald, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Once inside, passengers have access to more than 60 self-service kiosks and 16 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lanes before heading to one of 33 gates or 4 lounges. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 What to Consider This is a self-service hotel, and pets are not allowed. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 Gamblers can bet at any of seven ticket-writer windows and 10 self-service betting kiosks, and private groups can reserve a Fan Cave or Upper Deck seating. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-service was in 1913

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“Self-service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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: the serving of oneself (as in a restaurant or gas station) with things to be paid for at a cashier's desk or by means of a mechanism that is operated by coins
self-service adjective

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