self-service

[self-sur-vis]
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:
1920–25

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self-service
 
adj
1.  of or denoting a shop, restaurant, petrol station, etc, where the customer serves himself
 
n
2.  the practice of serving oneself, as in a shop, etc

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self-service
1919, in ref. to grocery stores, from self + service (q.v.).
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Example sentences
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.
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