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[skuhl-uh-ree, skuhl-ree] /ˈskʌl ə ri, ˈskʌl ri/
noun, plural sculleries. Chiefly British.
a small room or section of a pantry in which food is cleaned, trimmed, and cut into cooking portions before being sent to the kitchen.
a small room or section of a pantry or kitchen in which cooking utensils are cleaned and stored.
Origin of scullery
1300-50; Middle English squillerye < Middle Frenchescuelerie, equivalent to escuele dish (< Latin scutella, diminutive of scutra pan) + -rie -ry Unabridged
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  • She went to the scullery and returned with cups and saucers which she put on the table.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The Princess did not yet know of the engagement of His Highness to the scullery maid.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • The knif eboard in the scullery has n't been used above a—a few times.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • There are those who said that you got out of the scullery window into the back street.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • He followed her through the kitchen, the scullery, and so into her bedroom.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • But that would be after the chores in the scullery were over.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • "No, sir, I was in the scullery washing up," the girl replied.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • If the garden door is locked, you can climb the wall and get on to the scullery roof.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • He took the key out of the scullery window, and they entered.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for scullery


noun (pl) -leries
(mainly Brit) a small room or part of a kitchen where washing up, vegetable preparation, etc is done
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-Norman squillerie, from Old French escuelerie, from escuele a bowl, from Latin scutella, from scutra a flat tray
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Word Origin and History for scullery

mid-15c. (early 14c. as a surname), "household department concerned with the care of kitchen utensils," from Old French escuelerie "office of the servant in charge of plates, etc.," from escuelier "keeper of the dishes," from escuele "dish" (12c., Modern French écuelle), from Latin scutella "serving platter, silver" (see scuttle (n.)).

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