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 Each two-gummy serving contains 50 mg of health-enhancing CBD, in addition to 20 mg each of chamomile, lemon balm, and passion flower. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2022 The result is about 12 ounces of full-flavored coffee, the perfect serving for one person. Myo Quinn, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 Experience and big serving remain major advantages on grass. New York Times, 14 June 2022 And fresh flowers make a simple dish like salad, or an otherwise undecorated cakes into a guest-worthy serving. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2022 The beef is filet mignon, sauteed with onions and jalapeños, then presented over a bed of lettuce with a serving of rice and a lime dipping sauce. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 10 June 2022 Many children and teenagers were also in attendance on Saturday, including Mya Begay, a high school student from the Diné people of northern New Mexico who is a rising senior serving as Miss Sherman for the Sherman Indian High School Court. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Not everything was perfect — a penne entrée, for instance, leaned too heavily on cream — and some timing issues with the serving of courses need ironing out. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 These prices are on the higher end—weekly rates for Freshly meals, which are also single serving, fall between $46 and $102. Barbara Bellesi Zito,, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of serving

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serving

serve entry 1 + -ing entry 1

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4 Aug 2022

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“Serving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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serv·​ing | \ ˈsər-viŋ \

Kids Definition of serving

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


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