serv·​er | \ˈsər-vər \

Definition of server 

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 e-mail) to other computers in the network

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Synonyms for server


garçon, waiter, waitperson

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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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In Orange County, California, election officials have partnered with the CalTech Political Science Department, which will monitor the servers and networks of election offices up through Election Day. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Fado Irish Pub, on Locust Street, has opened its doors around 7 every morning to accommodate its World Cup fans, and that has resulted in a higher demand for servers and bartenders and caused severe adjustments to their schedules. Dearbea Walker,, "World Cup means big business for some local bars," 30 June 2018 To temper the chaos and ensure everyone was able to still have a good time on Saturday, the owners of Native brought in extra servers and security to man the doors. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Pancho Villa’s Army brings together Mexico fans for Laveen watch party," 23 June 2018 Long before computer servers and machines, there were monks and monasteries. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "When Ireland Rebooted Civilization," 18 June 2018 The restaurant’s first server and bartender remain with the restaurant. Lauren Delgado,, "Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster celebrates 25 years," 13 June 2018 But security was tight: Beyonce and Jay-Z’s private bodyguards took extra precautions and wanded every server and chef who made the trek up to the deck to deliver food and drinks. Chris Gardner, Billboard, "How Beyonce and Jay-Z Celebrated Their 10th Wedding Anniversary in L.A.," 26 May 2018 The impeachment effort comes amid a battle between House Republicans and Rosenstein over obtaining Justice Department documents related to the Russia investigation, Hillary Clinton's email server and other federal probes. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "House Judiciary Dem rips reported GOP effort to impeach Rosenstein," 1 May 2018 Hackers are finding and exploiting misconfigured cloud servers and network backups to harvest both personal information and corporate secrets. NBC News, "Is the cloud a safe place for all your private data?," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of server

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of server

: a person who brings your food and drinks at a restaurant : a waiter or waitress

: the main computer in a network which provides files and services that are used by the other computers

: the player who begins play in tennis, volleyball, etc., by serving the ball

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