[skuhl-yuh n]


a kitchen servant who does menial work.
a low or contemptible person.

Origin of scullion

1475–85; perhaps < Middle French escouvillon dishcloth, equivalent to escouve broom (< Latin scōpa) + -illon diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a mean or despicable person
archaic a servant employed to do rough household work in a kitchen

Word Origin for scullion

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

"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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