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 Makes: 4-6 servings 1 yellow pepper, chopped 6 small Indian eggplants, chopped 4 oz mushrooms, chopped 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp Greek seasoning Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Meal Preps for Her Whole Family For a Week," 5 Aug. 2018 This also makes about 6 servings, perfect for time-saving leftovers! Team Captain Rebecca, Seventeen, "Study Break Dinner Idea: A Complete Meal In One Bowl!," 3 May 2012 So for a heaping serving of nostalgia, dig out that old Mariah Carey CD, cue up a Lilith Fair playlist, or turn the dial to 90s on Nine, and get your groove on like your teenage self used to do. 26. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "This 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Will Help Busy Moms Slow Down," 11 Sep. 2019 Usually Bei Bei gets a small serving of about 24 ounces of frozen fruits a few times a week. Brandi Kellam, CBS News, "Bei Bei the giant panda celebrates last birthday at National Zoo before China move," 22 Aug. 2019 The discotized duo, composed of Trey Schibli and Theo Klein, take a lot of cues from '70s funk and '80s synth-pop culture, with a healthy serving of mid-aught dance-rock too. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Argonaut & Wasp Channel '80s Synth-Pop Hooks on 'Saigon': Exclusive," 19 Aug. 2019 Castroverde Moskalenko is leaving the Auditorium after a serving for less than two years, first filling the position in Oct. 2016. Kt Hawbaker,, "Auditorium Theatre CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko to leave position in July," 21 June 2018 Cereals Look for the ones with whole grains at the top of the ingredient list, plenty of fiber and no more than a couple of grams of sugar per serving. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "All processed food isn’t bad. We took a nutritionist shopping to find reasonable options.," 9 Sep. 2019 Nutrition information per serving: 362 calories; 119 calories from fat; 13 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 13 mg cholesterol; 336 mg sodium; 54 g carbohydrate; 11 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 9 g protein. America’s Test Kitchen, The Denver Post, "Barley makes up the base for this unique, toothy salad," 1 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'serving.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of serving

1864, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about serving

Statistics for serving

Last Updated

11 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for serving

The first known use of serving was in 1864

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for serving


How to pronounce serving (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on serving

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for serving

Spanish Central: Translation of serving

Nglish: Translation of serving for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of serving for Arabic Speakers

Comments on serving

What made you want to look up serving? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the exactly right word or phrasing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!