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noun

a fee, in addition to the cost of food and drink, charged by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., for entertainment.

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Origin of cover charge

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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cover charge

noun

a sum of money charged in a restaurant for each individual customer in addition to the cost of food and drink
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