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.

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Tickets for her San Diego concert — priced from $26.50 to $126.50, plus service charges — go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. through and by phone at (800) 745-3000. George Varga,, "Paula Abdul to kick off 30th anniversary 'Straight Up Paula!' tour in October," 9 July 2018 His predecessor George Pataki, in 2000, borrowed billions from Wall Street to fund public transit, promising that the state would pay the service charges on the debt. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Food and beverage tickets are sold on site in strips of 14 tickets for $10 (includes $3 service charge). Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Five things to make the trek to Taste of Chicago worth it for suburbanites," 26 June 2018 Customers can use the CVS Pharmacy app or call their local CVS to schedule a one- or two-day home delivery, for which there is a $4.99 service charge. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "CVS Pharmacies Now Delivers Prescriptions Nationwide," 22 June 2018 Across the country, from Manhattan to Oakland, some restaurateurs have experimented with new business models that either eliminate tipping or automatically add a service charge to a bill to cover labor costs. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Tipping the pay scales: Initiative 77 could dramatically alter D.C. restaurant culture," 16 June 2018 All this is yours at the bargain price of 267 euros per night, plus @airbnb's service charge. Sabra Ayres,, "'We're the fans. We make the party': Icy relations aside, soccer fans pour into Russia for World Cup," 12 June 2018 After a couple didn't show up to her wedding (their babysitter fell through last minute and the wedding was no-kids), this bride sent them an invoice for two herb-crusted walleye fish entrees, including tax and service charges. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Worst Bridezilla Stories of All Time," 18 Aug. 2017 Others take a different approach, like SunTrust, which subtracts the cost from deposit-account service charges. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "These Bank Customers Are Making a Bundle on Their Deposits," 22 June 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

: an amount of money that is paid to the owner of an apartment building for services (such as garbage collection)

: a charge added to a bill in a restaurant to pay for the work of the waitress or waiter

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