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1The Communion service, (in later use) specifically in Presbyterian churches. Now historical.
2Service at table; (now) specifically service at one's table in a restaurant, bar, cafe, etc., as opposed to self-service or counter service.
3A set of utensils for use in dining at table, as a dinner service.
Late 16th century. From table + service.
table service/ˈteɪbl ˌsəːvɪs/
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