from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An annual grass (Panicum milaiceum) cultivated in Eurasia for its grains and in North America for hay.
  • n. The white grains of this plant.
  • n. Any of several similar or related grasses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of various types of grass or its grains used as food.
  • n. A semi-autonomous confessional community under the Ottoman Empire, especially a non-Muslim one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name of several cereal and forage grasses which bear an abundance of small roundish grains. The common millets of Germany and Southern Europe are Panicum miliaceum, and Setaria Italica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cereal grass, Panicum miliaceum, known from antiquity, and still cultivated in the East and in southern and central Europe.
  • n. One of several other grasses: generally with a prefixed descriptive. See below
  • n. The green foxtail, Chætochloa viridis.
  • n. Same as Indian millet .
  • n. A people; a nation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine
  • n. small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica
  • n. French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875)


Middle English milet, from Old French, diminutive of mil, millet, from Latin milium; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French millet; ultimately from Latin milium. (Wiktionary)
From Turkish millet, from Ottoman Turkish ملت (millet), from Arabic ملة (milla(t)). (Wiktionary)



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