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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His mullet-ish hair is blowing softly in the breeze. Daniel Rapaport,, "Rickie Fowler in Prime Position for First Major After Stress-Free Start to U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 Over time, fans may have looked different — tucked in shirts and mullets have given way to phone charger-carrying bum bags and memes on graphic tees. Natalie Morin,, "From Beatlemania To The Beyhive, Here's What A Stan Looked like In Every Decade," 10 June 2019 Just last year, Jenner wore another Giambattista Valli Couture mullet dress to the Cannes Film Festival premiere for 120 Beats Per Minute. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Debuts H&M x Giambattista Valli Collab at Cannes," 23 May 2019 Unlike the mullets of the 1980s and 1990s à la Rod Stewart and Billy Ray Cyrus, Kai gave the controversial cut a 2018 twist by shaving the sides of his head. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Star Kai of EXO Reveals New Mullet at Gucci's Spring/Summer 2019 Show," 25 Sep. 2018 For the occasion, JLo wore one of the amazing Giambattista Valli Haute Couture finale gowns from the Fall/Winter 2018 show, in a shocking pink hue, with a mullet hem. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Brings the Drama in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture," 13 Dec. 2018 She's rocked a mullet (and pulled it off), pioneered rose quartz hair, and buzzed her strands into an undercut. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 From tousled mullets to electric bobs, personalized haircuts ruled the scene, especially when coupled with natural curls à la model Theresa Hayes, forever smiling under her effervescent crop. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty Looks of New York Fashion Week," 13 Sep. 2018 Shared plates are designed to bring the table together—start with the more traditional taramasalata mullet roe dip with warm pita and olives or the more innovative saganaki cheese with honey and oregano. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "29 Best Restaurants in Sydney," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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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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