From Middle English miller, meller, millere, from earlier mylner, mylnere, milnere, from Old English *myllere, *mylnere, perhaps an assimilation or corruption of Old English mylnweard (“mill-keeper”), or from late Proto-Germanic *muljāriaz, *mulinārijaz (“miller”), equivalent to mill + -er; cf. also Late Latin molīnārius. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Muller (“miller”), Dutch mulder, molenaar (“miller”), Low German Möller (“miller”), German Müller (“miller”), Danish møller (“miller”), Swedish mjölnare (“miller”), Icelandic mylnari (“miller”).
miller (plural millers)
- A person who owns or operates a mill, especially a flour mill.
- A milling machine.
- Any of several moths that have powdery wings.
- The common name of a flour-smelling mushroom, Clitopilus prunulus.