Definition of plongeur in English:



  • A person employed to wash dishes and carry out other menial tasks in a restaurant or hotel.

    ‘Orwell worked in Paris as a plongeur’
    • ‘In Paris, he took a job as a plongeur and learned more about the suffering of the poor in another European capital.’
    • ‘And then he starts the job, as a plongeur in a hotel kitchen.’
    • ‘These are the homes of the night staff, the plongeurs from the uptown restaurants.’
    • ‘Published in 1933 as an autobiographical novel, Down and Out in Paris and London records the author's experiences toiling under terrible conditions as a plongeur, or restaurant dishwasher, in the bowels of a great Paris hotel.’


French, literally ‘person who plunges’.