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[skuhl-yuh n] /ˈskʌl yən/
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
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  • M.—Oh, your highness, I beg your pardon—that was only our scullion, looking out to see you.

    Nursery Comedies Lady Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell
  • Was there ever such a piece of folly as to exchange your pipes for a scullion's ladle?

  • And the scullion fell fast asleep, and when the Master Cook came back he found the goose as black as the chimney.

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

  • They all looked directly at the scullion;—the scullion had been just scouring a fish kettle—It was not fair.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • How, if at all, is his character developed by his service as a scullion?

  • Smoury inspired his scullion, then sixteen years of age, "with an ardent curiosity for the printed word."

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

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • Each should be educated in every department from directrice to scullion.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • While Cherubino, the waiter, teaches you how to be a scullion, I will instruct you in philosophy.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for scullion


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

"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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