mullet

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noun mul·let \ˈmə-lət\

Definition of mullet

plural

mullet

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mullets

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Mugilidae) of chiefly marine bony fishes with an elongate rather stout body — compare goatfish, red mullet

  2. 2 [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 and Etymology of mullet

Middle English molet, from Anglo-French mulet, from Latin mullus red mullet, from Greek myllos


First Known Use: 14th century


MULLET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mullet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MULLET Defined for Kids

mullet

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noun mul·let \ˈmə-lət\

Definition of mullet for Students

  1. :  any of various chiefly saltwater fishes some mostly gray (gray mullets) and others red or golden (red mullets) that are often used as food



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