serv·​ing | \ ˈsər-viŋ How to pronounce serving (audio) \

Definition of serving

: a helping of food or drink

Examples of serving in a Sentence

This is my third serving of mashed potatoes. According to the package, one serving size is 6 ounces.
Recent Examples on the Web To add another serving of vegetables to the classic broccoli cheese soup, Williamson likes adding crispy, roasted broccoli as a garnish on top of the soup. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2022 If opting to cook one large serving, longer cooking time will be necessary. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 28 Dec. 2021 Decide whether the cart is mostly for display, storage, or drink mixing and serving. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 But last week, in addition to closing a host of public venues, the government banned the serving of alcohol from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and required a valid vaccine passport for travel aboard intercity buses and trains. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 For example, Norway brought in a ban on the serving of alcohol in restaurants and bars this week, in addition to imposing more restrictions in schools and speeding up its vaccination campaign. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 Weather officials said Southern California is set to receive another serving of rain, starting Tuesday and into Christmas Day. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Dec. 2021 What Lee adds is detail, particularly around interesting career turns, plus a big serving of her own admiration. The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of serving

1864, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2022

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“Serving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of serving

: an amount of food or drink that is enough for one person


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Kids Definition of serving

: a helping of food He ate two servings of rice.


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