Millet definition

mĭlĭt
Any of several other similar grasses or their seed, as foxtail millet and pearl millet.
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A cereal grass (Panicum miliaceum) whose small grain is used for food in Europe and Asia.
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The grain.
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Any of a group of various types of grass or its grains used as food, widely cultivated in the developing world.
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(historical) A semi-autonomous confessional community under the Ottoman Empire, especially a non-Muslim one.
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A town in Alberta, Canada.
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Any of various annual grasses with small grains that are harvested for food, livestock feed, and birdseed, especially proso millet.
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The grains of any of these plants.
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(person) 1814-75; Fr. painter.
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Any of various annual grasses with small grains that are harvested for food, livestock feed, and birdseed, especially proso millet.
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The grains of any of these plants.
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A demographic group in the Ottoman Empire, defined in terms of religious affiliation and enjoying a degree of legal autonomy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
millet
Plural:
millets

Origin of millet

  • Turkish from Arabic milla (bound form millatu) religion, religious community from Syriac milləṯā word, creed Phoenician ml word

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English milet from Old French diminutive of mil millet from Latin milium melə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English milet from Old French diminutive of mil millet from Latin milium melə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French millet; ultimately from Latin milium, from Proto-Indo-European *melh₁- (“to grind, crush"), see also Ancient Greek μελίνη (melinÄ“, “millet") and Lithuanian málnos (“millet").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Turkish millet, from Ottoman Turkish ملت (millet), from Arabic ملة (milla(t)).

    From Wiktionary