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

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Another early favorite is healthy snack option Not Your Mama’s Rice Crispy Treat, which is made of toasted millet, sprout rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, raw almond butter, and coconut flakes. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019 To recreate the funky farmhouse ale, the brewers sourced millet, barley, and indigenous wild yeast from the area. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Hong Kong's Craft Beer Revolution," 17 Aug. 2018 Try a mix of white rice, millet, and/or quinoa, which all cook in about the same time. Carey Polis, Bon Appetit, "This Simple Turmeric Curry Tastes Like You Spent Hours at the Stove," 4 Jan. 2018 Mitchell compared Morton's analysis to a similar skull survey undertaken a few years earlier by German anatomist Friedrich Tiedemann using millet seed to fill the skulls. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”," 4 Oct. 2018 Ghostfish Brewing Company Shrouded Summit Belgian White, 4.8% ABV Spicy millet and smooth buckwheat combine to produce this fluffy, tart brew with a hint of tickling lime zest. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Why Settle for the Beer Equivalent of Wonder Bread?," 7 Sep. 2018 Heirloom and ancient grains such as wheat berries and millets will be the focus, though Lucinda is not an exclusive rice-bowl concept. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Star chef Edouardo Jordan will open another restaurant in Seattle," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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