scullery

[skuhl-uh-ree, skuhl-ree]

noun, plural scul·ler·ies. 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.

Nearby words

  1. sculch,
  2. sculduddery,
  3. sculduggery,
  4. sculk,
  5. scull,
  6. scullin,
  7. sculling,
  8. scullion,
  9. sculp,
  10. sculp.

Origin of scullery

1300–50; Middle English squillerye < Middle Frenchescuelerie, equivalent to escuele dish (< Latin scutella, diminutive of scutra pan) + -rie -ry

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British Dictionary definitions for scullery

scullery

noun plural -leries

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

scullery

n.

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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