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Topic: FOOD


service charge

noun
     
service charge [countable]
1 British EnglishDFDL an amount of money that is added to a bill in a restaurant as an extra charge for the service of the waiters
2 British EnglishTBB an amount of money paid to the owner of a block of flats for services such as cleaning the stairs
3 American English an amount of money that is added to the price of something in order to pay for the services that you use when buying it [= booking fee British English]
There's a service charge for advance tickets.
WORD FOCUS: restaurant WORD FOCUS: restaurant
the person who serves you in a restaurant: waiter, waitress, server American English, waitperson American English

the person who cooks your food: chef

the person who welcomes the guests: maitre d', host/hostess American English

a list of the food: menu also bill of fare formal

a list of wines and alcoholic drinks: wine list also drink list American English

a piece of paper that shows the amount you have to pay for your meal: bill British English/check American English

extra money you leave for the waiter or waitress: tip/gratuity formal

money that the restaurant charges for service: service charge, cover charge, corkage
restaurant

See also
restaurant
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