Definition of service charge in US English:

service charge

(also service fee)


  • An extra charge assessed for a service.

    • ‘Oh, and the service charge is not optional as it says on the menu.’
    • ‘Maintenance of the pool and communal grounds is included in the annual service charge of €1,320.’
    • ‘Restaurants that don't add a service charge will expect a 10 per cent tip.’
    • ‘The service charge, which was paid by clients instead of giving tips, was shared between all staff and formed a substantial part of their earnings.’
    • ‘The three groups said waiving the service charge would be removing an income that an employee already enjoyed and it was an unfair labour practice.’


service charge

/ˈsərvəs ˌCHärj//ˈsərvəs ˌtʃɑrdʒ/