Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small room adjoining a kitchen, in which dishwashing and other kitchen chores are done.

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  • n. A small room, next to a kitchen, where washing up and other domestic chores are done.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place where dishes, kettles, and culinary utensils, are cleaned and kept; also, a room attached to the kitchen, where the coarse work is done; a back kitchen.
  • n. Hence, refuse; filth; offal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place where dishes, kettles, and other kitchen utensils are kept and washed, and where the rough or slop work of a kitchen is done; a back kitchen.
  • n. Slops; garbage; offal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small room (in large old British houses) next to the kitchen; where kitchen utensils are cleaned and kept and other rough household jobs are done

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French escuelerie, from escuelier, keeper of dishes, from escuele, dish, from Vulgar Latin *scūtella, alteration (influenced by scūtum, shield) of Latin scutella, salver, diminutive of scutra, platter.

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From Old English, but probably influenced by Old Norse skola ("to wash") (> Danish skylle, Icelandic skyla).

Examples

  • In fact she dragged him into what she called her scullery (do they still exist?) and proceeded to scrub behind his ear with said scullery brush.

    British Blogs

  • Does he call our scullery-maids and stable-boys "representative American middle class?"

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10

  • I like worthless, as the pinche, what the English called the scullery maid, was quite often a retarded girl (or sometimes boy) that did the lowest, dirtiest sorts of jobs in the kitchen and was often referred to (in English) as that worthless girl or boy.

    Flowers in the Desert

  • They're below the club...the scullery is their natural habitat.

    From Twitter 05-03-2010

  • Lance and Uncle Gib lived in the quite large kitchen and a kind of cavern with a stone floor and a sink the old man called the scullery.

    Portobello

  • There, although half of the house was rented out to tenants with whom we shared a bathroom, we had our own small bedrooms, and a kitchenwhich my mother invariably called our scullery.

    A Question of Honour

  • Out in the scullery was the sink where his father had scrubbed him, scrubbed him pink with a hard brush, while he sat and shivered on that perilous height.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • The scullery was a mine of all the minerals of living.

    Cider With Rosie

  • The reason why they are hanging on the rod rack is that they are handy for use in the scullery, which is that part of the river close by the rack.

    Young Knights of the Empire : Their Code, and Further Scout Yarns

  • In the scullery was a sweeping-brush, and the sight of it tempted her to sweep up the kitchen.

    Dick and Brownie

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  • "Kitchens expanded, their different offices arranged around a courtyard into separate larders, storerooms, cellars, butteries (for the wine and ale in butts), pantries (for bread) and sculleries (from escuelier, or 'keeper of dishes'). Passageways now linked the main hall to the kitchen and its departments, with serving or surveying places like those at Durham Castle, Knole, Eltham and Hampton Court where the steward would pass his eye over the food before it was presented."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 64

    January 8, 2017