noun (plural suffragis)
(In Arabic-speaking countries) a waiter or butler.
- In the Preface, Said narrates his 1998 trip to Cairo and his encounter with his family's former suffragi, who had served them for almost 30 years.
- A suffragi brought in two little cups of Turkish coffee.
- Well-trained suffragis wakened them at 6.30 a.m. with a cup of tea, cleaned their tents, filled their hot-water bottles, turned back their beds, and tucked in their mosquito nets in the evening; cleaned their shoes, collected their laundry, and did all the things that help to make life in the Army easy.
Via Egyptian from Turkish sofracı, based on Arabic ṣufra 'food'.
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