[ sur-vuh-suh-buhl ]
/ ˈsɜr və sə bəl /


capable of or being of service; useful.
wearing well; durable: serviceable cloth.
capable of being used, worn, cleaned, repaired, etc., easily.

Origin of serviceable

1300–50; service1 + -able; replacing Middle English servisable < Middle French
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British Dictionary definitions for serviceable


/ (ˈsɜːvɪsəbəl) /


capable of or ready for service; usable
capable of giving good service; durable
archaic diligent in service
Derived Formsserviceability or serviceableness, nounserviceably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for serviceable



"ready to do service," early 14c., from Old French servicable, from servise (see service (n.1)). Related: Serviceability.

Edgar: I know thee well: a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.
["King Lear," Act IV, Scene vi]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper