scullion

scullion

[skuhl-yuhn]
noun
1.
a kitchen servant who does menial work.
2.
a low or contemptible person.

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

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scullion (ˈskʌljən)
 
n
1.  a mean or despicable person
2.  archaic a servant employed to do rough household work in a kitchen
 
[C15: from Old French escouillon cleaning cloth, from escouve a broom, from Latin scōpa a broom]

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scullion
"low-ranking domestic servant who performs menial kitchen tasks," late 15c., perhaps from M.Fr. escouillon "a swab, cloth," dim. of escouve "broom, twig," from L. scopa (pl. scopæ) "broom," related to scapus "shaft, stem." Or an alteration of O.Fr. souillon "scullion," by influence of scullery.
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