Definition of scullery in English:



  • A small kitchen or room at the back of a house used for washing dishes and other dirty household work.

    • ‘I need to hear for myself why he was in the scullery that morning.’
    • ‘I suggest you introduce yourself and get into the scullery.’
    • ‘A huge fireplace dominates this unused room while a tiny scullery is packed with old appliances.’
    • ‘The cottage is entered through a scullery that has a window overlooking the back yard.’
    • ‘The property contains a living room, kitchen, scullery and a bathroom while three bedrooms and an attic conversion with Velux windows lie upstairs.’
    • ‘The flagged rear hall leads to a moderately sized kitchen, scullery and separate wine cellar with 18 arched storage bays.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cinderella-like, she works as a scullery maid by day, but dances with her master's son by night.’
    • ‘But achieving this state of godliness was left to the servants whose main domain was the kitchen and scullery.’
    • ‘Of course being in the scullery is much better than being tied up.’


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’.