One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person employed to wash dishes and carry out other menial tasks in a restaurant or hotel.
- ‘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’.
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