server

noun serv·er \ ˈsər-vər \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

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

Examples of server in a Sentence

  1. She asked our server for another glass of wine.

  2. we had barely finished ordering when the server brought our salads

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First Known Use of server

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of server for English Language Learners

  • : 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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