What does millet mean?

Definitions for milletˈmɪl ɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. millet(noun)

    any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine

  2. Millet, Jean Francois Millet(noun)

    French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875)

  3. millet(noun)

    small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica

Webster Dictionary

  1. Millet(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [F., dim. of mil, L. milium; akin to Gr. meli`nh, AS. mil.]


  1. Millet

    The millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for both human food and fodder. They do not form a taxonomic group, but rather a functional or agronomic one. Millets are important crops in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Africa, with 97% of millet production in developing countries. The crop is favored due to its productivity and short growing season under dry, high temperature conditions. The most widely grown millet is pearl millet, which is an important crop in India and parts of Africa. Finger millet, proso millet, and foxtail millet are also important crop species. In the developed world, millets are less important. For example, in the United States the only significant crop is proso millet, which is mostly grown for bird seed. While millets are indigenous to many parts of the world, millets most likely had an evolutionary origin in tropical western Africa, as that is where the greatest number of both wild and cultivated forms exist. Millets have been important food staples in human history, particularly in Asia and Africa, and they have been in cultivation in East Asia for the last 10,000 years.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Millet

    mil′et, n. a grass yielding grain which is used for food. [Fr. millet—L. milium.]

Editors Contribution

  1. millet

    A type of cereal grass.

    Millet is grown around the world and is used as a form of food for human beings, animals and birdseed.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of millet in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of millet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Phillip Tshuma:

    Millet and sorghum are the crops for survival in this time of drought, farmers have to work hard to survive - it is not magic.

  2. David Bergvinson:

    Sorghum and millet are not only climate smart but nutritionally smart. We call them smart foods because they are good for us, good for the environment and good for smallholder farmers to manage climate change, diversify their income and increase their profitability.

  3. Bongkiyung Emmanuel Nyuyki:

    The main agricultural products – maize, groundnuts, millet, sorghum and rice – suffer enormously due to their high dependence on rainfall. The June 15 deadline for (starting) farming has been unreliable with early as well as late onset of the planting season year in and year out.

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