server

noun

serv·​er ˈsər-vər How to pronounce server (audio)
1
: one that serves food or drink
2
: the player who serves (as in tennis)
3
: something used in serving food or drink
4
: one that serves legal processes upon another
5
: the celebrant's assistant at mass
6
: a computer in a network that is used to provide services (such as access to files or shared peripherals or the routing of email) to other computers in the network

Examples of server in a Sentence

She asked our server for another glass of wine. we had barely finished ordering when the server brought our salads
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English server, servere, from serven "to serve entry 1" + -er, -ere -er entry 2

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of server was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Server.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/server. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

server

noun
serv·​er ˈsər-vər How to pronounce server (audio)
1
: a person who serves food or drink
2
: the player who puts a ball in play
3
: something (as a tray) used in serving food or drink
4
: a computer in a network that is used to provide services (as access to files or the delivery of e-mail) to other computers

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