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[skuhl-uh-ree, skuhl-ree] /ˈskʌl ə ri, ˈskʌl ri/
noun, plural sculleries. 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.
1300-50; Middle English squillerye < Middle Frenchescuelerie, equivalent to escuele dish (< Latin scutella, diminutive of scutra pan) + -rie -ry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scullery
  • It must have come from one of those grand old homes with a big scullery kitchen and servants.
  • Ma came in from the scullery with a big plate of buttered bread.
  • The other helped to repair three electric motors including the dishwasher motor in the scullery.
  • Sinks, scullery sinks and floor drains which are used for washdown purposes only.
  • The cellar under the main house and adjacent wing originally consisted of a large storage room, wine cellar, and scullery-kitchen.
  • The necessary scullery repairs were made, and new equipment was added to improve service.
British Dictionary definitions for scullery


noun (pl) -leries
(mainly Brit) a small room or part of a kitchen where washing up, vegetable preparation, etc is done
Word Origin
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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