One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A servant assigned the most menial kitchen tasks.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 15th century: of unknown origin but perhaps influenced by scullery.
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