Meaning of serve-self in English:

serve-self

Pronunciation /ˈsəːvˌsɛlf/

adjective

rare US
  • 1Designating a restaurant, shop, etc., in which customers serve themselves, rather than being attended to by a member of staff; self-service.

  • 2Designating a system or arrangement (especially in a self-service restaurant or shop), in which one helps oneself to food or drink, goods, etc.

  • 3Of a meal: to which one helps oneself, as from a buffet at a party, or at a self-service restaurant.

noun

rare US
  • A restaurant, shop, etc., in which customers serve themselves, rather than being attended to by a member of staff.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Detroit Free Press. From serve + self.