How to pronounce


The word "service" can be broken down into sounds for clearer pronunciation in both British and American English. Here are the IPA transcriptions for each:

  • American Pronunciation: /ˈsɜrvɪs/
    • Begins with the /ˈsɜr/ sound, where the tongue is positioned just below the roof of the mouth towards the back, with the lips rounded.
    • Followed by the /vɪs/ part, with the 'v' sound made by the upper teeth and lower lip, and the short 'i' sound as in "bit," ending with the 's' sound produced by air passing out through the teeth.
  • British Pronunciation: /ˈsɜːvɪs/
    • Similar to the American pronunciation at the beginning with the /ˈsɜː/ sound, but the vowel is slightly longer, and there is no rhotic 'r' pronounced.
    • The /vɪs/ part is pronounced the same as in American English, with a short 'i' sound and a final 's'.

Definition of


Service (n):

  1. The action of helping or doing work for someone.
  2. A system supplying a public need such as transport, communications, or utilities such as electricity and water.
  3. A religious ceremony like a mass or a worship session.
  4. The provision of services to customers before, during, and after a purchase.

What does it mean


The word "service" comes from the Old French "servise" or "service," meaning "service, servitude, devotion; service at table," from Latin "servitium" "slavery, servitude," from "servus" "slave." The English language adopted the term in the early 13th century, retaining much of the sense of serving or being of use to someone. Over time, its application broadened significantly to encompass various types of public services, religious ceremonies, and the general concept of providing assistance or fulfilling needs. The evolution of the term reflects changes in social and economic practices, particularly the shift from feudal systems of personal servitude to more modern notions of service industries and professions.

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