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noun plural cooks-general
  1. British (formerly, esp in the 1920s and '30s) a domestic servant who did cooking and housework
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Historical Examples

  • She had come with him to Witching Hill Road as cook-general.

    Witching Hill

    E. W. Hornung

  • Her voice, concise and direct, rapped out: 'So you require a cook-general?'

    Our Elizabeth

    Florence A. Kilpatrick

  • I spoke so well that a cook-general offered herself to me as soon as the conference was over.

  • I shall bribe, plead, consent to any arrangement if I can but net a cook-general.

  • There was a ring at the bell, and the "cook-general" entered with a card held between a floury thumb and a buttery forefinger.

    A Woman's Burden

    Fergus Hume