Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An East Indian servant. See consumah.

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

Etymologies

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

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

  • 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.

    Fiancée

  • 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.

    Fiancée

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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