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  1. a person who owns or operates a mill, especially a mill that grinds grain into flour.
  2. milling machine.
  3. any moth, especially of the family Noctuidae, having wings that appear powdery.
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Origin of miller

1325–75; Middle English millere, assimilated variant of milnere, equivalent to milne mill1 + -ere -er1
Related formsun·der·mill·er, noun


  1. Arthur,1915–2005, U.S. playwright and novelist.
  2. Glenn,1904–44, U.S. dance bandleader and trombonist.
  3. Henry,1891–1980, U.S. novelist.
  4. Joa·quin [wah-keen] /wɑˈkin/, Cincinnatus Heine Miller, 1841–1913, U.S. poet.
  5. JoeJoseph or Josias Miller, 1684–1738, English actor, after whom Joe Miller's Jestbook was named.
  6. Merton Howard,1923–2000, U.S. economist: Nobel prize 1990.
  7. William,1782–1849, U.S. religious leader: founder of the Adventist Church.
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British Dictionary definitions for miller


  1. a person who keeps, operates, or works in a mill, esp a corn mill
  2. another name for milling machine
  3. a person who operates a milling machine
  4. any of various pale coloured or white moths, especially the medium-sized noctuid Apatele leporina
  5. an edible basidiomycetous fungus, Clitopilus prunulus, with a white funnel-shaped cap and pinkish spores, often forming rings in grass
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  1. Arthur. 1915–2005, US dramatist. His plays include Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge (1955), and Mr Peters' Connections (1998)
  2. (Alton) Glenn. 1904–44, US composer, trombonist, and band leader. His popular compositions include "Moonlight Serenade". During World War II he was leader of the US Air Force band in Europe. He disappeared without trace on a flight between England and France
  3. Henry (Valentine). 1891–1980, US novelist, author of Tropic of Cancer (1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (1938)
  4. Hugh 1802–56, Scottish geologist and writer
  5. Sir Jonathan (Wolfe). born 1934, British doctor, actor, and theatre director. His productions include Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Chekhov as well as numerous operas. He has also presented many television medical programmes
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Word Origin and History for miller


mid-14c. (attested as a surname by early 14c.), agent noun from mill (v.1). The Old English word was mylnweard, literally "mill-keeper" (preserved in surname Millward, attested from late 13c.).

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