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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. of or designating a restaurant, store, etc., in which customers serve themselves, as with items from a display counter, and pay upon leaving.

  2. of or pertaining to something designed to be used without the aid of an attendant:

    self-service elevators.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (n.)the system of serving oneself in a commercial establishment without the aid of a waiter, clerk, or other attendant.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-service(adj)

    the practice of serving yourself (as in a grocery or cafeteria)

  2. self-service(adj)

    of or denoting an establishment (a restaurant or shop etc.) where customers serve themselves

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. self-service(adjective)ˈɛlfpˈɔrtrət

    (of a restaurant or store) in which a customer takes what they want and is not served

    a self-service cafeteria


  1. self-service(Adjective)

    Describing an establishment where the customer is not waited on.


  1. Self-service

    Self service is the practice of serving oneself, usually when purchasing items. Common examples include many gas stations, where the customer pumps their own gas rather than have an attendant do it. Automatic Teller Machines in the banking world have also revolutionized how people withdraw and deposit funds; most stores in the Western world, where the customer uses a shopping cart in the store, placing the items they want to buy into the cart and then proceeding to the checkout counter/aisles; or at buffet-style restaurants, where the customer serves their own plate of food from a large, central selection.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an arrangement by which customers themselves collect the goods that they want to buy; (also adjective)

a self-service restaurant.

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