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

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 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

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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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