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A servant employed to do menial tasks in a kitchen.

[Middle English sculyon, probably from Old French escouvillon, dishcloth, diminutive of escouve, broom, from Latin scōpa, branches, broom.]


1. a mean or despicable person
2. archaic a servant employed to do rough household work in a kitchen
[C15: from Old French escouillon cleaning cloth, from escouve a broom, from Latin scōpa a broom]


(ˈskʌl yən)

a kitchen servant.
[1475–85; perhaps < Middle French escouvillon dishcloth =escouve broom (< Latin scōpa) + -illon diminutive suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scullion - a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
References in classic literature ?
He had learned what he wanted, and when the scullion turned he was gone.
He sets his kingdom up to the best bidder, like some scullion farrier selling a glandered horse.
And as Grim was poor, the Prince thought it no dishonor to work for his living, and he became in time a cook's scullion.
Having been my own butcher and scullion and cook, as well as the gentleman for whom the dishes were served up, I can speak from an unusually complete experience.
Perhaps, as Molly says, it may be in the kitchen; and truly I don't care my daughter should be a scullion wench; for, poor as I am, I am a gentlewoman.
Good for little else than dish-washing and scullion work.
THAT will smooth them down, sir," I remarked, "from the cook to the scullion.
But there was everything, for our apprehension, in the lucky fact that no discomfortable legend, no perturbation of scullions, had ever, within anyone's memory attached to the kind old place.
As for me," said Planchet, "I seem to smell, from this place, even, a most delectable perfume of fine roast meat, and to see the scullions in a row by the hedge, hailing our approach.
Some of the symptoms reminded me of the stir produced among the scullions of a large hotel, where a grand jubilee dinner is about to be given.
The sound of this bell caused a door to be opened in the offices on the left hand of the court, from which filed two maitres d'hotel followed by eight scullions bearing a kind of hand-barrow loaded with dishes under silver covers.
The guests sat at the upper table, the ladies in a gallery above them, while the usual drove of men-at-arms, archers, malapert rogues, varlets, scurvy knaves, scullions, and plug-uglies attached to all medieval households, squashed in near the door, wherever they could find room.