- a cereal grass (Panicum miliaceum) whose small grain is used for food in Europe and Asia
- the grain
- any of several other similar grasses or their seed, as foxtail millet and pearl millet
Origin of milletMiddle English milet from MFr, diminutive of mil from Classical Latin milium, millet from Indo-European an unverified form mel?i-, variant, variety of base an unverified form mel-, to grind from source mill, Classical Greek melin?, millet
1814-75; Fr. painter
- Any of various annual grasses with small grains that are harvested for food, livestock feed, and birdseed, especially proso millet.
- The grains of any of these plants.
Origin of milletMiddle English milet from Old French diminutive of mil millet from Latin milium ; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
A demographic group in the Ottoman Empire, defined in terms of religious affiliation and enjoying a degree of legal autonomy.
Origin of milletTurkish from Arabic milla ( bound form millatu ) religion, religious community from Syriac millə&tlowmac;ā word, creed Phoenician ml word