scul·​lery | \ˈskə-lə-rē, ˈskəl-rē\
plural sculleries

Definition of scullery 

: a room for cleaning and storing dishes and cooking utensils and for doing messy kitchen work

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Soldiers reportedly sat down to eat a meal made of leftover food from the White House scullery using White House dishes and silver before ransacking the presidential mansion and setting it ablaze. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Asks Trudeau: ‘Didn’t You Guys Burn Down the White House?’," 6 June 2018 The island trend, which started gathering momentum in the 1980s, is the latest in a long list of design fads to hit the kitchen during its transition from scullery to showroom. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Why Kitchen Islands Are Ruining America’s Kitchens," 3 Apr. 2018 Produced by Teatro SEA, the Latino theater for children, this bilingual adaptation has a heroine who is not only a beleaguered scullery maid but also the kingdom’s best tango dancer. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC This Weekend," 29 Mar. 2018 Like the scullery maid who becomes a princess, or the stablehand who becomes a prince, the Castle at Forest Glen didn’t begin life as a castle. John Kelly, Washington Post, "To the battlements! Answer Man storms the Castle at Forest Glen.," 3 Mar. 2018 Life in nineteenth-century Canada was nothing short of brutal for a poor girl from abroad, a series of debasements and scullery work. Rachel Syme, New Republic, "Why Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” makes subversive television.," 3 Nov. 2017 For Rosa Lewis, a pretty Cockney who rose from scullery maid to become a caterer to the aristocracy and a favorite of Edward VII, food was the key that opened the doors of the most exclusive houses in London. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "Setting a Table for Six," 21 July 2017 A subplot focuses on the love story between Tommy and his future wife, Meg (Ophelia Lovibond), a scullery maid with something of a tawdry past. Michael O'sullivan, The Denver Post, "Golf biopic “Tommy’s Honour” merits polite applause, not wild accolades," 14 Apr. 2017 The oldest parts of the house are the kitchen, scullery, dining room, and library. Pilar Viladas, Town & Country, "How One British Couple Transformed a Centuries-Old Farmhouse," 8 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of scullery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scullery

Middle English squilerie, sculerie department of household in charge of dishes, from Anglo-French esquilerie, from escuele, eskel bowl, from Latin scutella drinking bowl — more at scuttle

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English Language Learners Definition of scullery

: a room that is near the kitchen in a large and usually old house and that is used for washing dishes, doing messy kitchen tasks, etc.

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