scul·​lery ˈskə-lə-rē How to pronounce scullery (audio)
plural sculleries
: a room for cleaning and storing dishes and cooking utensils and for doing messy kitchen work

Examples of scullery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several years prior to filming, the five-bedroom, eight-bath home underwent a renovation that included updates to the scullery kitchen, family room, and guest wing. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2023 The couple experienced great financial hardship, and Wheatley eventually found work as a scullery maid. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Sep. 2023 There’s also a large dining room, a chef’s kitchen, and a scullery kitchen. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 24 Aug. 2023 An adjacent scullery has been restored to its original glory, and features a walk-in Master-Bilt refrigerator, a freezer chest, and a dumbwaiter, and opens to a large, service dining room built to service an estate. Curbed, 23 May 2023 History Also known as a serving pantry or scullery, a butler's pantry was a room, usually in-between the kitchen and dining room, where a family's valuable heirlooms were kept. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 22 June 2023 Her mother supported the family by giving piano lessons; Eszter served as a housekeeper and scullery maid. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Mar. 2023 One is technically a scullery (a sort of second kitchen with additional appliances and counter space) and the other is a butler’s pantry. Lia Picard, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2022 The custom French appliances are a lavish touch, but what really seals the deal on this kitchen is the scullery located behind the kitchen with a second refrigerator and freezer—once again displaying the storage capabilities of this home. Brianna Griff, Chron, 18 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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 entry 5

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scullery was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scullery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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scul·​lery ˈskəl-(ə-)rē How to pronounce scullery (audio)
plural sculleries
: a room for cleaning and storing dishes and utensils, washing vegetables, and similar work
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