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 Finish the night off with champagne and desserts, perhaps a treat picked up from JudyPie or an indulgent serving of cookie dough from Doughlicious. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Things to do in and around Grapevine on New Year’s Eve," 29 Dec. 2020 Dua Lipa treated us to a full serving of hits with her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, which arrived in March just as lockdowns began. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Songs of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Use the parchment overhang to lift the cake out of the pan and let cool completely before slicing and serving. Washington Post, "A black and white sesame cake made for all-day snacking," 15 Dec. 2020 And both go down better with a serving of pie and kindness. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: Pie It Forward challenge preserves best of annual South Side Pie Challenge, but with COVID-19 precautions," 17 Nov. 2020 Each curry also comes with a serving of rice and Japanese pickled vegetables on the side. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Tempe has a new destination for Japanese curry and street food. Meet, Umami Tokyo Curry," 1 Oct. 2020 Load it up with tortillas and cheese to broil up a family-size serving of sheet pan nachos. Casey Barber, CNN, "Throw the Christmas menu out the window and have a snackapalooza," 21 Dec. 2020 For today’s recipe one serving includes three pieces of bruschetta. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Two ingredient bruschetta topping is low-fat and easy to prepare," 17 Dec. 2020 Put a serving in a freezer bag, freeze solid, and throw it in the cooler for the ride out. Jordan Budd, Outdoor Life, "7 Myths About Hunting Western Big Game That Easterners Need to Know," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of serving

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of serving was in 1864

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12 Jan 2021

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“Serving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of serving

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


serv·​ing | \ ˈsər-viŋ \

Kids Definition of serving

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

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