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 The Kelly Clarkson Show got a serving of early ’80s soft rock on Monday (June 13). Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 13 June 2022 Each serving has 155 calories and 12 grams of sugar, and is 10.1% alcohol by volume. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Dec. 2021 Each serving has less than 50 milligrams of caffeine, which is well within the FDA's guidelines for daily caffeine consumption. Samantha Jones,, 19 Nov. 2021 One serving of prime rib, often called standing rib roast, is generally huge. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, 10 Nov. 2021 On average, most Americans currently eat only one serving of fruit and one-and-a-half servings of vegetables daily, far less than what’s recommended. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 Keep it to one serving, though: In addition to keeping you up at night, too much caffeine can cause stomach distress during a post-nap workout. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 15 Sep. 2014 At seven dollars a serving, Ms. Linda’s Ya-Ka-Mein—fragrantly peppery, with an umami savoriness—is also a few bucks cheaper than many of the festival’s famous po-boy vendors. Nathaniel Adams, Chron, 18 May 2022 Huber's spike eventually broke a four-point rally by the Eagles, while the smooth serving and setting from junior Benjamin Nygren set the tone for the rally that gave ALA-Queen Creek a 2-0 lead. Drew Schott, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2022 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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The first known use of serving was in 1864

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17 Jun 2022

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“Serving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 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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