serv·​ing ˈsər-viŋ How to pronounce serving (audio)
: a helping of food or drink

Example Sentences

This is my third serving of mashed potatoes. According to the package, one serving size is 6 ounces.
Recent Examples on the Web Pricing Meals cost $8-10 per serving and a la carte requires a minimum of $85 per week., 18 May 2023 One of the best ways to enjoy a serving of vegetables while hiking is to bust open a bag of Dirt Kitchen Air Dried Veggie Crisps. Ashley Martens, Redbook, 10 May 2023 Each serving contains a blend of GABA and L-Theanine, which are amino acids that work to promote a sense of calmness and relaxation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 May 2023 Tuscan Kitchen Show your bib at this Seaport restaurant from April 14–17 to get unlimited free servings of their classic bolognese. Abigail Lee,, 13 Apr. 2023 Each serving contains 25 grams of protein and BCAAs to support muscle recovery. Paul Kita, Men's Health, 5 Apr. 2023 The small appliance brews single servings of coffee using a permanent filter that's compatible with both ground coffee and coffee pods. Emily Estep, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2023 Cost is $8 for a single serving of pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, and juice. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2023 One borg could contain 16 servings of alcohol or more. Simrin Singh, CBS News, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serving was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Serving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a helping of food or drink
another serving of vegetables
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