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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The individual servings are rich in antioxidants and immune-boosting ingredients so your busy host need never feel stressed. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 Last-Minute Hostess Gifts for the Beauty Lover at Heart," 25 June 2018 No matter what one orders, a serving of one of The Grape Leaf’s nine housemade side dishes is sure to come alongside. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Try one of these top 13 best-reviewed Louisville restaurants of 2018," 15 June 2018 One serving is about the size of a checkbook for thin filets, or about the size of your palm for thicker cuts. Bianca Arney,, "Eating fish for your best health," 2 May 2018 For years, his home just over the city line in Elmwood overflowed with equipment from Herb's Sport Shop due to his serving as the soccer league's equipment manager., "Thomas P. Burns II," 15 Apr. 2018 The individual serving, round and tall like a soufflé, is full of big chunks of turkey, red bliss potatoes, mushrooms and baby peas, all in a rich sherry cream sauce with a tender crust. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Great American restaurants where presidents have dined," 15 Feb. 2018 For instance, one serving of avocado is a quarter of an avocado. Jenna Birch,, "The Sneaky Weight-Loss Mistakes All Women Make," 11 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of serving

1864, in the meaning defined above

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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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