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scullion

[skuhl-yuh n]
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noun
  1. a kitchen servant who does menial work.
  2. a low or contemptible person.
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Origin of scullion

1475–85; perhaps < Middle French escouvillon dishcloth, equivalent to escouve broom (< Latin scōpa) + -illon diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • Let there be one of the house wi' a soul above a scullion or a groom.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • I gave the scullion a Louis, and went away to ripen my plans.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • As I have said, his majesty had only this one cook, and Noel had only one scullion to help him.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Was there ever such a piece of folly as to exchange your pipes for a scullion's ladle?

  • At this moment the cook strolled up and saw his scullion standing there.


British Dictionary definitions for scullion

scullion

noun
  1. a mean or despicable person
  2. archaic a servant employed to do rough household work in a kitchen
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French escouillon cleaning cloth, from escouve a broom, from Latin scōpa a broom
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Word Origin and History for scullion

n.

"low-ranking domestic servant who performs menial kitchen tasks," late 15c., perhaps from Middle French escouillon "a swab, cloth," diminutive of escouve "broom, twig," from Latin scopa (plural scopæ) "broom," related to scapus "shaft, stem." Or an alteration of Old French souillon "scullion," by influence of scullery.

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