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self-service

[self-sur-vis] /ˈsɛlfˈsɜr vɪs/
noun
1.
the serving of oneself in a restaurant, shop, gas station, or other facility, without the aid of a waiter, clerk, attendant, etc.
adjective
2.
noting or pertaining to a cafeteria, grocery, store, etc., designed for the patron or customer to gather food or merchandise from a display or display shelves without the aid of attendants and pay at a cashier's desk upon leaving.
3.
of, for, or pertaining to something designed to be used or enjoyed without the aid of an attendant:
self-service banking; self-service elevators.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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Examples from the web for self-service
  • The version of grocery shopping popular today has a specific name: self-service.
  • The vision of civic improvement has given way to self-service and consumer indulgence.
  • self-service vehicle registration renewal terminal.
British Dictionary definitions for self-service

self-service

adjective
1.
of or denoting a shop, restaurant, petrol station, etc, where the customer serves himself
noun
2.
the practice of serving oneself, as in a shop, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-service
adj.

1919, in reference to grocery stores, from self- + service (n.1).

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