Definition of khansama in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːnsəˌmɑː/


A male cook, who often also assumes the role of house steward.
Example sentences
  • The Census of 1876 lists a wide range of domestic servants such as khansamas or butlers, cooks, gardeners, barbers, water-carriers, and others, who resided mostly outside the city limits.
  • But every British household had a khansama who learnt to fashion, out of local ingredients, the porridges, pies and pastries that were now required.
  • She likes to go to the kitchen and help the khansama with his work.


From Urdu and Persian ḵānsāmān, from ḵān 'master' + sāmān 'household goods'.

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