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.

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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 While their existing dark chocolate Kit Kats contain 12.3 grams of sugar per serving, the company says that the new chocolate will have 40% less sugar than most equivalent chocolate bars. Claudia Harmata,, "Nestle Has Created a New Kind of Chocolate with No Added Sugar," 18 July 2019 One of those four service errors snapped the 4-4 deadlock, before the serving of Stockman and a McKinney kill gave the Lady Warriors a four-point lead. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "FBCA tops FCA in showdown of city’s private school volleyball programs," 23 Aug. 2019 During the serving of the warrant, a preliminary forensic review of Shoap’s electronic devices revealed multiple child pornography files. Erika Butler,, "Bel Air man charged with distributing, possessing child pornography," 20 Aug. 2019 All new pints and bars—there are seven and four new flavors, respectively—contain less than one gram of sugar and have only one gram of net carbs per serving. Amber Brenza,, "Enlightened Ice Cream Just Released 11 New Keto-Friendly Flavors," 14 Aug. 2019 He was first elected in 1988, and is the longest serving of the state’s nine-member congressional delegation. Sophia Eppolito,, "Holyoke mayor Alex Morse to challenge Richard Neal in 2020 Democratic primary," 22 July 2019 Regulars keep coming for the huge servings and the opportunity for a lively dining experience. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "The real question for Wednesday night’s debate: What’s for dinner?," 26 June 2019

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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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