mill·​er ˈmi-lər How to pronounce miller (audio)
: one that operates a mill
specifically : one that grinds grain into flour
: any of various moths having powdery wings
: a tool for use in a milling machine

Examples of miller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials have been diverting aid from those who need it to feed the military and ex-combatants, and selling it on the open market to millers who re-exported the flour, according to an investigation by USAID that was summarized to The Post by officials familiar with the investigation. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 8 June 2023 Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this city of about 100,000 people boasts two local millers and several talented bakers. Pamela Wright,, 18 Apr. 2023 In Maryland, outlying millers and merchants pushed for better roads to move goods like flour to the Port of Baltimore. Samuel M. Riley, Baltimore Sun, 12 Mar. 2023 Moore is also a featured miller of The Kentucky Derby Museum for 2022 alongside Jenny Pfanenstiel of Formé Millinery Co., Laura Moser of Simply Laura Millinery, and Ilana Kogan known as The Hat Doctor. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 25 Feb. 2022 The old miller and the young son decided to carry the donkey into town. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 The son of a prosperous miller, he was rooted in Suffolk, and was a conscientious son who married well and locally. Dominic Green, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 As a boy he was entranced by stories his grandfather told about his own grandfather George Rice, a gun maker, and even about George’s father, James, a corn miller. Alex Traub, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Fred, the oldest of the doctor’s three sons, became a miller and was never of much consequence within the ambitious Lewis clan. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of miller was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Miller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


mill·​er ˈmil-ər How to pronounce miller (audio)
: a person who operates a mill
especially : a person who grinds grain into flour
: any of various moths whose wings have scales like powdery dust

Biographical Definition

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Mil·​ler ˈmi-lər How to pronounce Miller (audio)
Arthur 1915–2005 American dramatist and novelist


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(Alton) Glenn 1904–1944 American bandleader


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Henry 1891–1980 American writer


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Joa*quin wä-ˈkēn How to pronounce Miller (audio)
1837–1913 pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller American poet


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Merton Howard 1923–2000 American economist


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Perry Gilbert Eddy 1905–1963 American literary critic and scholar


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William 1782–1849 American religious leader

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