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pearl millet in the field
 
Ripe head of proso millet

Etymology 1Edit

From late Middle English, borrowed from Middle French millet; from Latin milium, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *melh₂- (to grind, crush), see also Ancient Greek μελίνη (melínē, millet) and Lithuanian málnos (millet).

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millet (countable and uncountable, plural millets)

  1. 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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Etymology 2Edit

From Turkish millet, from Ottoman Turkish ملت(millet), from Persian ملت(mellat), from Arabic مِلَّة(milla).

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millet (plural millets)

  1. (historical) A semi-autonomous confessional community under the Ottoman Empire, especially a non-Muslim one.
    • 2007, Elizabeth Roberts, Realm of the Black Mountain, Hurst & Co. 2007, page 14:
      [] in support for a common Serbian Orthodox Church, the one traditional institution permitted to exist under the Ottoman millet system which sought to rule subject peoples indirectly through their own religious hierarchies.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, page 262:
      Christians and Jews as People of the Book [] were organized into separate communities, or millets, defined by their common practice of the same religion, which was guaranteed as protected as long as it was primarily practised in private.
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EtymologyEdit

From mil +‎ -et; a diminutive of mil, from Latin milium, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *melh₂- (to grind, crush).

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  • IPA(key): /mi.jɛ/
  • (file)

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millet m (usually uncountable, plural millets)

  1. millet (grain)

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Ultimately from Arabic مِلَّة(milla).

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millet (definite accusative milleti, plural milletler)

  1. nation

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