Definition of cook-general in English:
noun(plural cooks-general) British dated
A domestic servant who does both housework and cookery.
- Their reduced offers were hardly capable of eliciting the much-prized cooks-general and, more often than not, such employers found that their wages tended to attract 'generals' rather than 'cooks'.
- There were domestic service agencies all over England who supplied scullery maids, kitchen maids, parlour maids, chambermaids, cooks general, cooks, butlers, housekeepers, nannies and companions.
- In such homes the cook-general was frequently the only white servant employed.
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