[skuhl-uh-ree, skuhl-ree]
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noun, plural scul·ler·ies. Chiefly British.
  1. 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.
  2. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of scullery

  • 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.

  • There are those who said that you got out of the scullery window into the back street.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for scullery


noun plural -leries
  1. mainly British a small room or part of a kitchen where washing up, vegetable preparation, etc is done

Word Origin for scullery

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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