Etymology
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server (n.)

late 14c., "one who serves" in any capacity, agent noun from serve (v.). Especially "an attendant at a meal" (mid-15c.). By 1580s in sports. The meaning "that which is used in serving" is by c. 1600; the computing sense is by 1992.

updated on May 31, 2022

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Definitions of server from WordNet

server (n.)
a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant);
Synonyms: waiter
server (n.)
(court games) the player who serves to start a point;
server (n.)
(computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network;
Synonyms: host
server (n.)
utensil used in serving food or drink;
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