[ kawr-kij ]
/ ˈkɔr kɪdʒ /


a fee charged, as in a restaurant, for serving wine or liquor brought in by the patron.

Origin of corkage

First recorded in 1830–40; cork + -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corkage

  • I bring it with me when I come to Paris, and let them charge for corkage.'

    Despair's Last Journey|David Christie Murray
  • Corkage, money charged when persons at an hotel provide their own wine—sixpence being charged for each cork drawn.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for corkage

/ (ˈkɔːkɪdʒ) /


a charge made at a restaurant for serving wine, etc, bought off the premises
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