from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small room adjoining a kitchen, in which dishwashing and other kitchen chores are done.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small room, next to a kitchen, where washing up and other domestic chores are done.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place where dishes, kettles, and culinary utensils, are cleaned and kept; also, a room attached to the kitchen, where the coarse work is done; a back kitchen.
- n. Hence, refuse; filth; offal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place where dishes, kettles, and other kitchen utensils are kept and washed, and where the rough or slop work of a kitchen is done; a back kitchen.
- n. Slops; garbage; offal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small room (in large old British houses) next to the kitchen; where kitchen utensils are cleaned and kept and other rough household jobs are done
Middle English, from Old French escuelerie, from escuelier, keeper of dishes, from escuele, dish, from Vulgar Latin *scūtella, alteration (influenced by scūtum, shield) of Latin scutella, salver, diminutive of scutra, platter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English, but probably influenced by Old Norse skola ("to wash") (> Danish skylle, Icelandic skyla). (Wiktionary)