Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French servise, from Latin servitium condition of a slave, body of slaves, from servus slave
Date: 13th century
a. the occupation or function of serving <in active service> b. employment as a servant <entered his service> 2. a. the work performed by one that serves <good service> b. help, use, benefit <glad to be of service> c. contribution to the welfare of others d. disposal for use <I'm entirely at your service> 3. a. a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony <the burial service> b. a meeting for worship — often used in plural <held evening services> 4. the act of serving: as a. a helpful act <did him a service> b. useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity — usually used in plural <charge for professional services> c. serve 5. a set of articles for a particular use <a silver tea service> 6. a. an administrative division (as of a government or business) <the consular service> b. one of a nation's military forces (as the army or navy) 7. a. a facility supplying some public demand <telephone service> <bus service> b. a facility providing maintenance and repair <television service> 8. the materials (as spun yarn, small lines, or canvas) used for serving a rope 9. the act of bringing a legal writ, process, or summons to notice as prescribed by law 10. the act of a male animal copulating with a female animal 11. a branch of a hospital medical staff devoted to a particular specialty <obstetrical service> II. transitive verb (serviced; servicing) Date: 1528 to perform services for: as a. to repair or provide maintenance for <serviced the furnace> b. to meet interest and sinking fund payments on (as government debt) c. to perform any of the business functions auxiliary to production or distribution of d. of a male animal serve 10 • servicer noun III. adjective Date: 1837 1. of or relating to the armed services 2. used in serving or supplying <delivery men use the service entrance> 3. intended for hard or everyday use 4. a. providing services <the service trades—from filling stations to universities — John Fischer> b. offering repair, maintenance, or incidental services IV. noun Etymology: Middle English serves, plural of serve fruit of the service tree, service tree, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus service tree Date: 1530 an Old World tree (Sorbus domestica) resembling the related mountain ashes but having larger flowers and larger edible fruit; also a related Old World tree (S. torminalis) with bitter fruits
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.