Definition of millet in US English:

millet

noun

  • A fast-growing cereal plant that is widely grown in warm countries and regions with poor soils. The numerous small seeds are used to make flour or alcoholic drinks.

    Several species in the family Gramineae, in particular common millet (Panicum miliaceum), of temperate regions, the tropical finger millet (Eleusine caracana), which is a staple in parts of Africa and India, and pearl millet

    • ‘Some of the crops which have been swept away by water include maize, sorghum, and finger millet which are grown along the river banks without the use of fertilisers during dry season.’
    • ‘The most important grain is wheat, but millet and rice are also eaten.’
    • ‘Long-distance trade across the Indian Ocean brought many domesticated plants and animals to Africa, including the chicken and camel and cereals such as finger millet and sorghum.’
    • ‘Brewing materials such as maize, sorghum and finger millet were in abundance in the area but were now being ferried to a neighbouring country.’
    • ‘They also eat grains such as Chinese sorghum, corn, millet, oats, and buckwheat.’
    • ‘The most important food crops are millet and sorghum; large quantities of rice are imported.’
    • ‘Wheat, barley, rice, rye, oats, millet and corn are the world's top food crops.’
    • ‘Natural sources rich in silica are horsetail, alfalfa, barley, millet, oats and potatoes.’
    • ‘Farmers should also be encouraged to grow other crops such as millet, cassava, sorghum and others on equally a large scale.’
    • ‘Crops such as sorghum and millet are good at withstanding fluctuations in moisture, but are now hardly grown.’
    • ‘The most common foods are beans, corn, peas, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, and bananas.’
    • ‘Oats, millet, opium poppies, and flax were also being cultivated by the end of the Neolithic period.’
    • ‘Most of our rural-dwelling kin actually grow their own maize, cassava or millet that they have milled at village mills.’
    • ‘A favorite beverage of the Sherpas is Chang, a beer made from maize, millet, or other grains.’
    • ‘Or, if moisture is received, planting a later crop such as millet or sunflowers may be an option.’
    • ‘Cereals such as oats, barley, millet, buckwheat, rye, sesame, nuts and seeds are preferable.’
    • ‘About half the people eat rice as their staple, while the remainder subsist on wheat, barley, maize, and millet.’
    • ‘In the north, grains such as millet, sorghum, and corn are boiled into a porridge-like dish that forms the basis of the diet.’
    • ‘They grow cereals (sorghum, finger millet, and maize), oil seeds (sesame and niger seed), legumes, and root crops.’
    • ‘We know that the ancient Austronesians grew rice, millet, and sugar cane.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French, diminutive of dialect mil, from Latin milium.

Pronunciation

millet

/ˈmilit//ˈmɪlɪt/