I noticed, in an article recounting the very robust and competent response of a young lady to inappropriate conduct, that she was described as a 'server'.
I have never seen this use of the word before and the OED seems to class it as 'rare' in the general sense of serving and has no modern references when used in this specific of table-waiting.
The Ngram of 'restaurant server' (the only disambiguation I could think of from the computer use of the word) shows rising usage in American English from the 1980s and escalating usage in the 21st century.
But the Ngram has zero return for BrE and I never remember hearing or reading of this context previously.
I assume it is a genderless way of referring to waitresses and waiters but it is closely related to the word 'servant' which I would have assumed to be a word that not everyone would wish to be described by.
Is the usage appearing in BrE at all ? And is the word acceptable to use in this context ?
EDIT: The previous question did not deal with BrE usage which was my question.