Definition of cook-general in English:


nounPlural cooks-general

  • A domestic servant who does both housework and cooking.

    • ‘There were domestic service agencies all over England who supplied scullery maids, kitchen maids, parlour maids, chambermaids, cooks general, cooks, butlers, housekeepers, nannies and companions.’
    • ‘With no career training, she took jobs as a cook-general in a variety of London houses.’
    • ‘In such homes the cook-general was frequently the only white servant employed.’
    • ‘Their reduced offers were hardly capable of eliciting the much-prized cooks-general and, more often than not, such employers found that their wages tended to attract 'generals' rather than 'cooks'.’
    • ‘'You have a job in the window?' 'Yes, for an experienced cook-general.'’
    female servant, maidservant, housemaid, parlourmaid, serving maid, lady's maid, chambermaid, maid-of-all-work, domestic, drudge, menial
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