personal service n1 : a service based on the intellectual or manual efforts of an individual (as for salary or wages) rather than a salable product of his or her skills
2 : physical delivery of process to a person to whom it is directed or to someone authorized to receive it on that person's behalf
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.