Definition of scullery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskʌl(ə)ri/

noun (plural sculleries)

chiefly historical
A small kitchen or room at the back of a house used for washing dishes and other dirty household work.
Example sentences
  • A huge fireplace dominates this unused room while a tiny scullery is packed with old appliances.
  • The property contains a living room, kitchen, scullery and a bathroom while three bedrooms and an attic conversion with Velux windows lie upstairs.
  • So when a dirty dish sends Valentine down to the scullery to fire the imperfect, immigrant maid responsible, he finds himself drawn into the seedier, more passionate side of the jazz age.


Late Middle English (denoting the department of a household concerned with kitchen utensils): from Old French escuelerie, from escuele 'dish', from Latin scutella 'salver', diminutive of scutra 'wooden platter'.

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