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 Tipping is out in favor of an 18% service charge, which will go toward salaries and benefits. Janelle Bitker,, "Coronavirus spurs higher salaries at San Francisco restaurant Sons & Daughters," 9 June 2020 Alaska would join a growing group of states amalgamating data in the hopes of improving transparency about health care service charges and using it to develop policy recommendations designed to control the costs of health care. Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska House bill would establish health care pricing database," 26 Feb. 2020 Three-day Hang Loose general admission passes currently are priced at $339, plus service charges. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "KAABOO Del Mar announces daily schedule and single-day tickets," 15 July 2019 Without Apple playing the middleman, YouTube TV's monthly service charge is cheaper — $49.99 vs. $54.99. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Check your subscription! YouTube TV is saying bye-bye to Apple's App Store," 16 Feb. 2020 The service charges a delivery fee, a restaurant fee and a service fee. Justin Phillips,, "Local chefs struggle with delivery fees during shelter in place order," 2 Apr. 2020 But its service charge was highest at about 16.4 percent, or $2.42. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Up to 91% More Expensive: How Delivery Apps Eat Up Your Budget," 26 Feb. 2020 The drop in interest rates is putting more focus on nonlending revenue at banks, but lower deposit-service charges and payments revenue pushed nonlending income down 2.5% at U.S. Bank. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "U.S. Bancorp’s Profit Falls Under Strain of Interest-Rate Cuts," 15 Jan. 2020 The commercial-free service charged monthly users $19.99 a month to access over 118,000 TV episodes and almost 11,000 movies. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Instagram is going global with its fact-checking program to limit misinformation," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of service charge

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of service charge was in 1917

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23 Jun 2020

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“Service charge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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service charge


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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