[ 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

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How to use scullery in a sentence

  • He knew—dead Ned seemed to tell him—that the wall between the living-room and the scullery might stand.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for scullery


/ (ˈskʌlərɪ) /

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

Origin of 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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