service charge


Definition of service charge

: a fee charged for a particular service often in addition to a standard or basic fee

called also service fee

Examples of service charge in a Sentence

Tickets are $25 each plus a $3 service charge per ticket.

Recent Examples on the Web

Recipients could, for instance, have the service charge some senders for postage. The Economist, "Superhuman tries to reinvent email," 11 July 2019 Weintraub said other services charge considerably more. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Hemp’s legal. Tell that to the financial service providers, social media companies, industry officials say," 7 July 2019 LeShay, who notes that the $5 service charge on TKTS tickets goes to TDF’s education and access programs, also suggests downloading the free TKTS app, which will show in real time what tickets are available for which shows. Juliet Pennington,, "How to do Broadway on a budget," 26 June 2019 Also double check your hotel bill for any added service charges. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster, priced at $43-$73 plus service charges. Mary Colurso,, "Beck to make Birmingham debut this spring at BJCC Concert Hall," 30 Jan. 2018 At restaurants that used a service charge, those in the highest price tier didn’t take a hit on their reviews. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Why Banning Tips Can Be a Risky Strategy for Restaurants," 30 Apr. 2018 At a time of flat to declining foot traffic for many chains, some restaurant executives see delivery as a critical sales driver, even as delivery services charge a percentage on orders. Heather Haddon And Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Investors Are Craving Food Delivery Companies," 24 Oct. 2018 The amount Comcast charges other cable operators for access to RSNs gets passed on to individual customers in their monthly service charges and fees added to cable bills specifically to cover the cost of regional sports networks. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast may soon control what you pay to watch your favorite sports teams," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of service charge

1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of service charge

: an amount of money that is charged for a particular service in addition to a basic fee
British : an amount of money that is paid to the owner of an apartment building for services (such as garbage collection)
British : a charge added to a bill in a restaurant to pay for the work of the waitress or waiter

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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