serv·ing | \ˈsər-viŋ \

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.

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Over the years these included serving as Chairman of the Board of Advanced Behavioral Health., "Joseph James Sullivan," 12 July 2018 For example, Solo Italiano, one of the stops on the tour, donates a dollar to local food charities for every serving of featured entrées sold., "Find out just how much of a foodie city Portland is on a Maine Food for Thought Tour," 11 July 2018 At a preview event June 29, an Independence guest planned to return as a customer for another serving of the roasted Apicius Duck ($23). Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Iconic Savoy restaurant aims for 'throwback' feel with fun, like blue cotton candy," 30 June 2018 The brinkmanship is not unusual and is often baked into government budget negotiations with threats of a shutdown serving as catalysts to last-minute deals. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Feud Over Millionaire’s Tax Inches New Jersey Closer to Shutdown," 28 June 2018 His lesser known side gigs, however, included serving as the god of tricksters and thieves. Michael Mcknight,, "Percy Harvin Takes His Battle With Anxiety Public as He Gets Closer to Internal Peace," 28 June 2018 Exchange 1 ticket for a wine tasting, or 4 tickets for a full serving. Nicole Miller-coleman,, "Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival 2018," 26 May 2018 From there, detour past the grand, utterly romantic Teatro Massimo, Palermo's largest theater, and head to Piccolo Napoli, a clean, superb fish restaurant for dinner serving heaping portions of sea urchin spaghetti. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Sicily," 16 Apr. 2018 For a 2-tablespoon serving, both almond butter and peanut butter contain about 200 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Go Nuts About Almonds," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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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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