millet

[ mil-it ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪt /
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noun

a cereal grass, Setaria italica, extensively cultivated in the East and in southern Europe for its small seed, or grain, used as food for humans and fowls, but in the U.S. grown chiefly for fodder.
any of various related or similar grasses cultivated as grain plants or forage plants.
the grain of any of these grasses.

Nearby words

  1. millerbird,
  2. millerite,
  3. milles,
  4. milles, carl,
  5. millesimal,
  6. millet, francis davis,
  7. millet, jean françois,
  8. millett,
  9. millhouse,
  10. milli-

Origin of millet

1375–1425; late Middle English milet < Middle French, equivalent to mil (< Latin milium millet) + -et -et

Millet

[ mi-ley; for 2 also French mee-le ]
/ mɪˈleɪ; for 2 also French miˈlɛ /

noun

Francis Davis,1846–1912, U.S. painter, illustrator, and journalist.
Jean Fran·çois [zhahn frahn-swa] /ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃ˈswa/, 1814–75, French painter.
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British Dictionary definitions for millet

millet

/ (ˈmɪlɪt) /

noun

a cereal grass, Setaria italica, cultivated for grain and animal fodder
  1. an East Indian annual grass, Panicum miliaceum, cultivated for grain and forage, having pale round shiny seeds
  2. the seed of this plant
any of various similar or related grasses, such as pearl millet and Indian millet
Related formsRelated adjective: miliary

Word Origin for millet

C14: via Old French from Latin milium; related to Greek melinē millet

Millet

/ (French milɛ) /

noun

Jean François (ʒɑ̃ frɑ̃swa). 1814–75, French painter of the Barbizon school, noted for his studies of peasants at work
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Word Origin and History for millet

millet

n.

cereal grain, c.1400, from Middle French millet, diminutive of mil "millet," from Latin milium "millet" (see mallet). Cognate with Greek meline, Lithuanian malnus (plural) "millet."

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