scul·​lery | \ ˈskə-lə-rē How to pronounce scullery (audio) , 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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When Churchill’s poor, wayward cousin Abigail Masham, portrayed by Emma Stone, enters the picture and begins working as a scullery maid in the queen’s palace, things start getting really interesting. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 Libra longs to rarify, purify, and create romantic castles in the sky, while Scorpio labors in the scullery with the creepy crawlers, pushing us to penetrate our desirous depths with no shame. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018 The kitchen is a mash-up of English scullery and French bakery. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Jeannette Whitson on Creating a New House With Timeless Appeal," 15 May 2013 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

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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

old-fashioned : 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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