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 Proto-Germanic *muljāriaz, *mulinārijaz (“miller”), equivalent to mill + -er. 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.