mul·​let | \ ˈmə-lət How to pronounce mullet (audio) \
plural mullet or mullets

Definition of mullet

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

Recent Examples on the Web Whenever my parents got married, my dad had a mullet. Washington Post, "How to get a mullet, and popping career, like Morgan Wallen," 29 Aug. 2019 While answering a question about his mullet during his senior season with the Hurricanes, Gauthier told reporters that a bald eagle cut it with its talons. Nick Kelly,, "Patriots undrafted player nuggets," 30 July 2019 From Joan Jett's '80s mullet to Katy Perry's grills, the VMAs has historically been a high-profile moment for stars to take real risks without consequence. Glamour, "60 Photos of VMAs Hair Through the Decades That Are Just Too Damn Good," 26 Aug. 2019 Saved by the Bell is making a comeback — and Mario Lopez‘s iconic mullet may very well be getting a reboot of its own. Eric Todisco,, "Mario Lopez Says He 'Might Be Bringing Back the Mullet' for the Saved by the Bell Reboot," 17 Sep. 2019 Live croakers or mullet are a sure thing but big jigs and swimbaits also do the job for these fish, which average 20 pounds and up. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: How heat wave is affecting the bass bite," 13 Sep. 2019 Beetlejuice mullet in How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) YouTube screengrab Kidman plays a rockstar alien in this adaptation of the Neil Gaiman story of the same name. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "A brief history of Nicole Kidman’s iconic wigs," 22 Aug. 2019 All those years ago, Coppola felt pressure to prove himself, the 31-year-old with the hockey mullet doing a start-up newscast in a market full of old pros. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: After 30 years at Fox61, Rich Coppola exhales and looks to write the next chapter," 2 Sep. 2019 Bluegill, mullet, gar and minnows are some of the spring’s underwater inhabitants. Patrick Connolly,, "Ichetucknee Springs provides visitors a 3-hour natural lazy river tube run," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mullet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mullet

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

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The first known use of mullet was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of mullet

: 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


mul·​let | \ ˈmə-lət How to pronounce mullet (audio) \

Kids Definition of mullet

: 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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