from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Work that is done for others as an occupation or business.
  • noun The performance of work or duties for a superior or as a servant.
  • noun An act or a variety of work done for others, especially for pay.
  • noun Assistance; help.
  • noun An act of assistance or benefit; a favor.
  • noun The serving of food or the manner in which it is served.
  • noun A set of dishes or utensils.
  • noun Employment in duties or work for another, as for a government.
  • noun A government branch or department and its employees.
  • noun A department or branch of a hospital staff that provides specified patient care.
  • noun The armed forces of a nation.
  • noun A branch of the armed forces of a nation.
  • noun The installation, maintenance, or repairs provided or guaranteed by a dealer or manufacturer.
  • noun The provision to the public of something, especially a utility.
  • noun The system or equipment used to provide something to the public.
  • noun The right of serving in many court games.
  • noun A serve.
  • noun A religious rite or formal ceremony.
  • noun Copulation with a female animal. Used of male animals, especially studs.
  • noun Law The serving of a legal process, such as a summons or court order.
  • noun The material, such as cord, used in binding or wrapping rope.
  • noun An answering service.
  • transitive verb To make fit for use; adjust, repair, or maintain.
  • transitive verb To provide services to.
  • transitive verb To make interest payments on (a debt).
  • transitive verb To copulate with (a female animal). Used of a male animal, especially studs.
  • transitive verb Slang To have sex with.
  • adjective Of or relating to the armed forces of a country.
  • adjective Intended for use in supplying or serving.
  • adjective Offering repairs or maintenance.
  • adjective Offering services to the public in response to need or demand.
  • idiom (at (someone's) service) Ready to help or be of use.
  • idiom (be of service) To be ready to help or be useful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of copulation between domesticated animals, especially cattle and horses.
  • Used ordinarily and every day, as distinguished from use under unusual conditions or in an emergency.
  • noun Same as service-tree.
  • noun The fruit of the service-tree.
  • noun The act of serving, or attendance, in any sense; the rendering of duty to another; obedience; the performance of any office or labor for another.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun Spiritual obedience, reverence, and love.
  • noun The duty which a tenant owes to a lord for his fee: thus, personal service consists in homage and fealty, etc.; annual service in rent, suit to the court of the lord, etc.; accidental services in heriots, reliefs, etc.
  • noun Place or position of a servant; employment as a servant; state of being or acting as a servant; menial employ or capacity: as, to be out of service.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin servitium, slavery, from servus, slave.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French servise (French: service).


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