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 The Maddencruiser, like a mullet, was the perfect combination of fun and business. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Dec. 2021 Kun, a lanky fellow sporting a hipster mullet, has in turn recruited his chubby, good-natured but even more shambolic best friend Tong (Tong Linkai) as his boom operator. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 28 Dec. 2021 And Ewers has drawn comparisons to pro quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Matt Stafford and Phillip Rivers, all while sporting a bleach-blonde mullet that’s become his signature look. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 With supreme athletic gifts and a bleach-blond mullet, Ewers was the country’s top high-school quarterback by a resounding consensus. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 The octopus haircut is a mix between the shaggy and mullet styles, and is characterized by having a lot of volume on the top and a lot of layers throughout the hair. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 7 Jan. 2022 High scores all around for the attempt and the tremendous mullet. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2021 The mullet probably won’t make it to the season, perhaps not even Thursday’s night exhibition game against St. Martin’s at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. oregonlive, 4 Nov. 2021 RiRi donned one of 2021's most popular haircuts — the mullet — on both the cover and for its pages. Sara Miranda, Allure, 10 Sep. 2021

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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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“Mullet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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