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server

You can refer to the person who delivers your food in a restaurant as a server. Be sure to leave your server a generous tip!

The term server has become a very common synonym for "waiter" or "waitress." It's preferable to talk about the friendly server who takes your order, since the word isn't specific to their gender but works for anyone who serves food. Another meaning of server is the computer hardware in a network of linked computers that allows those devices to work properly.

Definitions of server
  1. noun
    a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
    synonyms: waiter
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    carhop
    a waiter at a drive-in restaurant
    counterman, counterperson, counterwoman
    someone who attends a counter (as in a diner)
    sommelier, wine steward, wine waiter
    a waiter who manages wine service in a hotel or restaurant
    waitress
    a woman waiter
    barista
    a person whose job is to make and serve coffee
    bunny, bunny girl
    a young waitress in a nightclub whose costume includes the tail and ears of a rabbit
    soda jerk, soda jerker
    someone who works at a soda fountain
    type of:
    dining-room attendant, restaurant attendant
    someone employed to provide service in a dining room
  2. noun
    utensil used in serving food or drink
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    type of:
    utensil
    an implement for practical use (especially in a household)
  3. noun
    (court games) the player who serves to start a point
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    type of:
    participant, player
    a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
  4. noun
    (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network
    synonyms: host
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