Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A house-steward or native servant, being in charge of the kitchen and the food supplies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An East Indian servant. See consumah.

Etymologies

From Urdu خانسامان, from خان ("master") + سامان ("household goods"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He vexed himself with vain speculations, for it was perfectly certain that he would get nothing in the way of either denial or confirmation out of Ram Nath; and, presently, acknowledging this, he called the khansamah and ordered a peg for the sake of the dust in his throat.

    The Bronze Bell

  • This between a harangue about Hardinge's incompetence and a blistering rebuke to her khansamah* (* Butler.) for leaving the salt out of the coffee.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • His bungalow was a pretty big establishment, you see, just off the east end of the Mall, near the British infantry lines, with about thirty servants, and since there was no proper mem-sahib, and his khansamah* (* Butler.) was almost senile, there was no order about the place at all.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • Strange, looking back, to remember the pride I felt when Duff Mason gave a dinner for the garrison's best, and I stood by the buffet in my best grey coat and new red sash and puggaree, with my beard oiled, looking dignified and watching like a hawk as the khansamah and his crew scuttled round the candle-lit table with the courses.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • Whisky, brandy and beer were always on the sideboard, and in my absence the bearer or khansamah was expected, as a matter of course, to offer refreshments to all comers.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • Lindsay came to tea in the drawing-room -- but he seemed to prefer to talk about the pattern in the carpet, or the corpulence of the khansamah, or things in the newspapers.

    Hilda A Story of Calcutta

  • From a glass case in the sitting-room containing a scanty store of canned provisions the _khansamah_ provided a meal with such ill-assorted ingredients as Somebody's desiccated soup lukewarm, a tin of sardines and sweet biscuits to eat with them, and a bottle of beer to wash it down with.

    The Jungle Girl

  • A khansamah or cook provides food and liquor at a fixed and reasonable rate.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

  • The khansamah would appear to be the only functionary in residence until the hour of departure draws near, when a whole party of underlings -- chowkidars, bheesties, and sweepers -- appear from nowhere in particular; and the lordly traveller, having presented them with about twopence apiece, rolls off along the dusty white road, leaving the khansamah and his myrmidons salaaming on the verandah.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

  • No fire seemed able to impart any cheerfulness to the gloomy den we were shown into, and the dinner finally produced by the khansamah-kitmaghar-chowkidar (for a single tawny-bearded ruffian represented all these functionaries when the morning tip fell due) was not of an exhilarating nature.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

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