- masculine The general name for a variety of small seeds produced by grasses used as food sources for both humans and animals. Millets tend to be drought and waterlogging resistant and hence important food sources in drought prone or marshy areas. Millet has a delicate bland flavour and is cooked as any other grain. See common millet, sorghum, finger millet, kaffir corn, bulrush millet, hungry rice, etc.
- noun a common cereal crop grown in many of the hot, dry regions of Africa and Asia, where it is a staple food