American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A servant employed to do menial tasks in a kitchen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A servant who cleans pots and kettles, and does other menial service in the kitchen or scullery.
- n. A low, disreputable, mean fellow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A scallion.
- n. A servant who cleans pots and kettles, and does other menial services in the kitchen.
- n. a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
- Middle English sculyon, probably from Old French escouvillon, dishcloth, diminutive of escouve, broom, from Latin scōpa, branches, broom. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“March 1789 the Times reported, in brief, oblique installments, that a scullion from the royal kitchens had been caught in flagrante delicto with”
“Agia smiled at that, but I called the scullion again and gave her an orichalk to bring a folding screen.”
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“Strange to say, this scullion was able to write, for a letter is extant from him to Sir Konrad, engaging to open the window immediately above the steep precipice, which on that side was deemed a sufficient protection to the castle, and to fasten a rope ladder by which to ascend the crags.”
“Warden, the young wife of John Van Warden, clad in rags, with marred and scarred and toil-calloused hands, bending over the campfire and doing scullion work-she, Vesta, who had been born to the purple to greatest baronage of wealth the world has ever known.”
“A cook slumped in a chair, with his fingers caught in the collar of the scullion who lay at his feet.”
“All this was learned from the gossip of a palace scullion, who slept each night in the slave pen.”
“The scullion brought the word in the night, and it was known that next day the berries would come in.”
“I had never done any hard manual labour, or scullion labour, in my life.”
“Good for little else than dish-washing and scullion work.”
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