One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian head of a lascar crew.
- ‘A serang is a person of importance, far above a stoker, though the stoker draws better pay.’
- ‘The food belonged to Pambe, the serang or head man of the lascar sailors.’
From Persian and Urdu sar-hang ‘commander’, from sar ‘head’ + hang ‘authority’.
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