self-service ˌself-ˈservice adjective
a self-service shop, restaurant etc is one in which customers get the goods themselves and then go and pay for them:

• a self-service food concern

— self-service noun [uncountable] :

• The average gas station in the US offers a generous discount for self-service.

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self-service UK US /ˌselfˈsɜːvɪs/ adjective COMMERCE
used to describe a store, restaurant, etc. where you are not served by an employee, but collect goods or food yourself: »

a self-service store/station/gas station


To keep costs down, the cafeteria is self-service.


a self-service counter/kiosk/till


self-service banking

self-service UK US noun [U] COMMERCE
a system in which customers are not served by an employee, but collect goods or food themselves: »

The new store will also feature the U-Scan checkouts for speedy self-service.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • self-service — [ sɛlfsɛrvis ] n. m. • 1949; mot angl. ♦ Anglic. Magasin, restaurant où l on se sert soi même. ⇒ libre service. Des self services. « Besson décida d aller manger au self service » (Le Clézio). ⇒ 3. self. Par appos. Restaurant, pompe à essence… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Self service — is the practice of serving oneself, usually when purchasing items. Common examples include many gas stations, where the customer pumps their own gas rather than have an attendant do it (self service gas pumping is illegal in New Jersey Oregon);… …   Wikipedia

  • self-service — self ser·vi·ce s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} 1. esercizio pubblico (ristorante, magazzino, distributore di benzina, ecc.) in cui il cliente si serve da sé, senza l intervento del personale (accorc. 2self): pranzare al self service | anche… …   Dizionario italiano

  • self-service — adj a self service restaurant, shop etc is one in which you get things for yourself and then pay for them >self service n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-service — ☆ self service [self′sʉr′vis ] n. the practice of serving oneself from a display of articles in a store, cafeteria, etc. or servicing one s car oneself at a service station and then paying a cashier adj. operating with such self service …   English World dictionary

  • self-service — /self serr vis/, n. 1. the serving of oneself in a restaurant, shop, gas station, or other facility, without the aid of a waiter, clerk, attendant, etc. adj. 2. noting or pertaining to a cafeteria, grocery, store, etc., designed for the patron or …   Universalium

  • self-service — or ,self serve adjective a self service restaurant or gas station is one where the customers have to serve themselves …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • self-service — /selfˈservis, ingl. ˌsɛlfˈsYːvɪs/ [vc. ingl., comp. di self «sé stesso» e service «servizio»] A s. m. inv.; anche agg. inv. fai da te B s. m. inv. (est., di ristorante) CFR. tavola calda …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • self-service — /sɛlf sə:vis/, it. /sɛlf sɛrvis/ locuz. ingl. [comp. di self sé, sé stesso e service servizio ], usata in ital. come s.m., invar. 1. (comm.) [tecnica di vendita che non prevede l impiego di addetti o commessi, anche in funz. appositiva: un… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • self-service — (adj.) 1919, in ref. to grocery stores, from self + service (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

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