1British EnglishDFDLan amount of money that is added to a bill in a restaurant as an extra charge for the service of the waiters
2British EnglishTBBan amount of money paid to the owner of a block offlats for services such as cleaning the stairs
3American Englishan 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, serverAmerican English, waitpersonAmerican English the person who cooks your food:chef the person who welcomes the guests:maitre d', host/hostessAmerican English a list of the food:menualsobill of fareformal a list of wines and alcoholic drinks:wine listalsodrink listAmerican English a piece of paper that shows the amount you have to pay for your meal:billBritish English/checkAmerican English extra money you leave for the waiter or waitress:tip/gratuityformal money that the restaurant charges for service:service charge, cover charge, corkagerestaurant ➔ See alsorestaurant
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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