khitmatgar

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Etymology[edit]

From Urdu خدمتگار (xidmatgār) / Hindi ख़िदमतगार (xidmatgār), from Persian خدمتگار (xedmatgâr).

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Noun[edit]

khitmatgar (plural khitmatgars)

  1. (India) A male servant, with responsibility for waiting at table.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 94:
      He did not know then that his khitmatgar had stopped by the roadside to get drunk, and would come on the next day saying that he had sprained his ankle.
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1108:
      ‘The Ambassador to Bangalore appeared before me dressed in the robes of a khitmagar or majordomo.’