noun \ˈmə-lət\

: a type of fish that lives in the ocean and is often eaten as food

: a hairstyle in which the hair is short on the top and sides and long in the back

plural mullet or mullets

Full Definition of MULLET

:  any of a family (Mugilidae) of chiefly marine bony fishes with an elongate rather stout body — compare goatfish, red mullet
[perhaps short for mullethead blockhead] :  a hairstyle in which the hair is short on the sides and top and long at the back

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Origin of MULLET

Middle English molet, from Anglo-French mulet, from Latin mullus red mullet, from Greek myllos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Fashion Terms

bodkin, chignon, cowlick, eau de toilette, imperial, pocket, pomander, tonsorial

Rhymes with MULLET


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of fewer than 100 species (family Mugilidae) of abundant, commercially valuable schooling fishes found in brackish or fresh waters throughout tropical and temperate regions. Mullets frequent shallow, inshore areas, searching the sand or mud for microscopic plants and small animals. They are silvery and 1–3 ft (30–90 cm) long, with large scales, a short snout, a cigar-shaped body, a forked tail, and two distinct dorsal fins, the first containing four stiff spines. The common, or striped, mullet (Mugil cephalus), cultivated in some areas, is a well-known species found worldwide.


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