mil·​let | \ ˈmi-lət How to pronounce millet (audio) \

Definition of millet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various small-seeded annual cereal and forage grasses:
a : a Eurasian grass (Panicum miliaceum) cultivated for its grain which is used for food
b : any of several grasses related to common millet
2 : the seed of a millet


biographical name
Mil·​let | \ mē-ˈyā How to pronounce Millet (audio) , mi-ˈlā \

Definition of Millet (Entry 2 of 2)

Jean-François 1814–1875 French painter

Examples of millet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reach for brown rice, buckwheat, oats, polenta, quinoa, and millet instead. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "The Low FODMAP Diet Is the Latest Health Craze, But Is It Actually Good for You?," 26 Jan. 2020 But there’s also kamut, teff, millet, wild rice, buckwheat, cornmeal and even pasta. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat," 31 Dec. 2019 No surprise, then, that Crook & Marker Spiked Soda — made with proprietary organic BaseBrew — is made from ancient grains including quinoa, millet, amaranth and cassava root. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin is among the first markets getting a new line of organic spiked sodas," 21 Oct. 2019 Crimson is also a brand marker for the Rajapaksas, chosen by the new president’s uncle to represent the famed red finger millet of their home region in the south of the island. The Economist, "A polarising figure becomes president of Sri Lanka," 21 Nov. 2019 The same goes for the scallion-pancake breakfast sandwiches and the savory-sweet pastries, including a millet mochi doughnut that’s bewitchingly elastic in texture and subtly nutty in flavor. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "The Auspicious Treats of Pilar Cuban Bakery and Win Son Bakery," 1 Nov. 2019 Cooks in the past did this to both pricey ingredients (rice!) and humbler ones (less-than-ideal cuts of meat and fish, wheat, millet). Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "Everyone Loves Crispy and Crunchy, But What About Chewy?," 21 Oct. 2019 Later the owner, Qiu Lijun, and his wife, Zhou Lisha, tried farming fish; growing rice, maize, and millet; and raising pigs. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Big promises, few results: Chinese farms falter in Uganda," 17 Sep. 2019 In Taiwan, any answer would include the food of the island’s first inhabitants: roots like taro and sweet potatoes, millet, wild herbs and greens, and seafood. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "A New Generation of Chefs Reframes Taiwanese Cuisine in America," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of millet


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for millet


Middle English milet, from Middle French, from Old French, diminutive of mil, from Latin milium; akin to Greek melinē millet

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The first known use of millet was in the 15th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Millet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of millet

: a type of grass that is grown for its seeds which are used as food also : the seeds of millet


mil·​let | \ ˈmi-lət How to pronounce millet (audio) \

Kids Definition of millet

: a grass with small whitish seeds that are used as food for people, livestock, and birds

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