What does scullery mean?

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ˈskʌl ə ri, ˈskʌl risculle·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scullerynoun

    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


  1. scullerynoun

    (formerly) A small room, next to a kitchen, where washing up and other domestic chores are done.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scullerynoun

    The place where common utensils, as kettles or dishes, are cleaned and kept.

    Etymology: from skiola, a vessel, Islandick; or escueille, French, a dish.

    Pyreicus was famous for counterfeiting base things, as pitchers, a scullery, and setting rogues together by the ears. Henry Peacham.


  1. scullery

    A scullery is a small room or section of a kitchen or house where washing dishes and other dirty household work are done. This room may also be used for storing kitchen utensils and cleaning tools. In historical contexts, it can refer to a room in large, old houses where these tasks were carried out by maids or other domestic staff.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scullerynoun

    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

  2. Scullerynoun

    hence, refuse; filth; offal

  3. Etymology: [Probably originally, a place for washing dishes, and for swillery, fr. OE. swilen to wash, AS. swilian (see Swill to wash, to drink), but influenced either by Icel. skola, skyla, Dan. skylle, or by OF. escuelier a place for keeping dishes, fr. escuele a dish, F. cuelle, fr. L. scutella a salver, waiter (cf. Scuttle a basket); or perhaps the English word is immediately from the OF. escuelier; cf. OE. squyllare a dishwasher.]


  1. Scullery

    A scullery is a room in a house traditionally used for washing up dishes and laundering clothes, or as an overflow kitchen when the main kitchen is overloaded. Tasks performed in the scullery include cleaning dishes and cooking utensils, occasional kitchen work, ironing, boiling water for cooking or bathing, and soaking and washing clothes. Sculleries contain hot and cold sinks, sometimes slop sinks, drain pipes, storage shelves, plate racks, a work table, various "coppers" for boiling water, tubs, and buckets. The term "scullery", in a modern domestic context, appears to be somewhat archaic, the room being more commonly referred to as a utility room or laundry room. The term is, however, still to be found in modern use as an alternative term for kitchen in some regions of Britain, typically Northern Ireland, North East England and Scotland, or in designer kitchens. In United States military facilities and most commercial restaurants, a "scullery" refers to the section of a dining facility where pots and pans are scrubbed and rinsed. It is usually near the kitchen and the serving line. Etymology: Middle English squilerie, sculerie, department of household in charge of dishes, from Anglo-French esquilerie, from escuele, eskel bowl, from Latin scutella, drinking bowl.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scullery

    skul′ėr-i, n. the place for dishes and other kitchen utensils. [Skeat explains as sculler-y, sculler being a remarkable variant of swiller, due to Scand. influence. Others refer to O. Fr. escuelier—Low L. scutellarius—L. scutella, a tray.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Scullery

    The annexe to a kitchen, where the dishes and pots are washed up, so called from the Norman-French esculle, a porringer or dish. The man-servant or boy whose work lay in the scullery was in former days called a “Scullion.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scullery in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scullery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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