Definition of personal service in US English:

personal service


  • 1Law the action or an act of serving process in person on a party or prospective party to legal proceedings.

  • 2A professional service involving direct communication or contact between the parties involved, frequently with connotations of particular attentiveness or responsiveness to individual needs.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Mulcaster (?1532–1611), schoolmaster and author.