- any of a family (Mugilidae) of edible, spiny-finned percoid fishes, both freshwater and marine, having a small mouth and feeble teeth, esp. a striped species (Mugil cephalus)
- any goatfish, esp. a species (Mullus auratus) with reddish or golden scales
Origin of mulletMiddle English molet ; from Old French mulet, diminutive ; from Classical Latin mullus, red mullet ; from Classical Greek myllos, kind of fish ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form mel-: see mule
Origin of mulletorigin, originally uncertain
- pl. mullet or mul·lets a. Any of various stout-bodied, edible fishes of the family Mugilidae, found worldwide in tropical and temperate coastal waters and some freshwater streams, and widely cultivated for food. Also called gray mullet.b. The red mullet; goatfish.
- A hairstyle formed by cutting the hair short on the top and sides of the head and allowing it to grow longer in back.
Origin of mulletMiddle English molet, from Medieval Latin mulettus, probably from Old French mulet, from mul, from Latin mullus, from Greek mullos. Sense 2, popularized and perhaps coined in the 1990s by the American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, possibly as a back-formation from mullet-head, blockhead, idiot.
(plural mullets or mullet)
- A fool
The hairstyle sense is particularly associated with the working class or even bad taste.
Apparently coined (popularized) by hip hop group the Beastie Boys.
- (heraldry) A star with straight edges and usually with five or six points.
From Old French molette (“rowel")