mil·let | \ˈmi-lət \

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, 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

Cook millet in a dry medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Meatballs with Tahini Sauce," 23 Apr. 2018 For this meatballs recipe, be sure to roll the meatballs firmly into the millet so that the tiny grains don’t fall off during frying. Bon Appetit, "Meatballs with Tahini Sauce," 23 Apr. 2018 After that, over 270 million metric tons of barley, sorghum, millet, oats and rye help make up the rest. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Snap, crackle, pop: Ready-to-eat cereal changed America by the bowlful," 20 Feb. 2018 Endiro refers to a basket typically used to eat millet, a cereal plant that is a staple of the Ugandan diet. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Endiro Coffee in Aurora," 6 July 2018 The millet grains puffed up and became crunchy in the hot oil, providing a crisp contrast to the soft meat; tahini and tamarind dipping sauces added a juicy touch. Anissa Helou, Bon Appetit, "The Camel Trek: In Search of an Unexpected Delicacy," 4 May 2018 As in Syria, the medium was kabab, but here the ground meat was mixed with millet, then fried. Anissa Helou, Bon Appetit, "The Camel Trek: In Search of an Unexpected Delicacy," 4 May 2018 Deacon uses a little hibiscus at Irie Zulu in place of hard-to-find millet leaves to faintly tint the rice in the Ghanaian black-eyed pea dish called watchee. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hibiscus is the flower that's good enough to drink (and eat)," 24 Apr. 2018 The safest and most nutritious staples for GF eaters are mostly whole, unprocessed foods, including beans, legumes, grain-like seeds like quinoa or millet, nuts, Greek yogurt, vegetables, and fruit. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "How to Tell If You Have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity," 21 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'millet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about millet

Statistics for millet

Last Updated

23 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for millet

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for millet



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 \

Kids Definition of millet

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on millet

What made you want to look up millet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!