Definition of scullion in English:



  • A servant assigned the most menial kitchen tasks.

    • ‘Osyth's long-delayed release of the woman has nothing to do with the length of the woman's punishment, but rather with the death of the scullion, Osyth's rival for the woman's fealty.’
    • ‘She revolutionised nursing by transforming what was regarded as the work of a chambermaid or scullion, into an occupation for caring and highly trained women.’
    • ‘Simnel, a mere pawn, was pardoned and set to work as a scullion in the royal kitchens, living out the rest of his life in safe obscurity.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Whittington, ill-treated by the cook under whom he served as scullion, ran away.’
    • ‘For example, in 1386, when criticised in parliament for his choice of advisers, he said that he would not dismiss one scullion from his kitchen at their request.’
    • ‘It traces from Norman times into Victorian, although its definition of ‘servant’ is rather broad, seemingly from the lowest scullion to the Queen Elizabeth's Chief Gentlewoman, Blanch Parry.’
    • ‘He is especially surprised by the fact that the scullion, who was the instigator of this crime, is not punished, in contrast to the harsh punishment suffered by the woman he seduced.’
    attendant, retainer
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Late 15th century: of unknown origin but perhaps influenced by scullery.