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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.
Origin of scullery
1300-50; Middle English squillerye < Middle Frenchescuelerie, equivalent to escuele dish (< Latin scutella, diminutive of scutra pan) + -rie -ry Unabridged
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  • Presently Ruby returned from the scullery, like a sudden draught.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • But that would be after the chores in the scullery were over.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Mr. Traill pulled a bell-cord and Ailie, unused as yet to bells, put her startled little face in at the door to the scullery.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • The knif eboard in the scullery has n't been used above a—a few times.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • In that respect, at any rate, both society and the press in Germany are as is the salon to the scullery, compared with ours.

    Germany and the Germans Price Collier
  • He took the key out of the scullery window, and they entered.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • There came servants and stewards and scullery maids and chambermaids of all sorts, and some came bowing and some curtseying.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • This scullery had been set apart that day as the bedroom of my little dog.

    My Doggie and I R.M. Ballantyne
  • Granny Grimshaw hastened to efface herself with apologetic promptitude, and retired to the scullery to wash up.

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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