One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A male cook, who often also assumes the role of house steward.
- ‘But every British household had a khansama who learnt to fashion, out of local ingredients, the porridges, pies and pastries that were now required.’
- ‘The Census of 1876 lists a wide range of domestic servants such as khansamas or butlers, cooks, gardeners, barbers, water-carriers, and others, who resided mostly outside the city limits.’
- ‘She likes to go to the kitchen and help the khansama with his work.’
- ‘They are prepared by chefs whose skills have been honed under the guidance of traditional khansamas.’
- ‘As for the ayas and khansamas in Pakistan, we clearly need to keep them employed but the government needs to institute a minimum wage for these hard-working members of our labour force.’
From Urdu and Persian ḵānsāmān, from ḵān ‘master’ + sāmān ‘household goods’.
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