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Definition of mousse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a light spongy food usually containing cream or gelatin
2 : a molded chilled dessert made with sweetened and flavored whipped cream or egg whites and gelatin chocolate mousse
3 : a foamy preparation used in styling hair


moussed; moussing

Definition of mousse (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to style (hair) with mousse

Examples of mousse in a Sentence


a jar of styling mousse

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Today reports that guests dined on halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce, followed by Windsor lamb with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and a port sauce. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Royal Family Shares Rare Look at What Goes into Hosting a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace," 5 June 2019 Even the restaurant's desserts will be avocado inclusive with options including chocolate mousse made with avocado and avocado tiramisu. Olivia Harrison,, "This Hotel Employs A 'Guacamologist'," 22 Mar. 2018 To serve: Place a layer of the chicken tinga on each tostada (enough to cover the tostada) and garnish with avocado mousse, radishes, pickled onions, and micro greens. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the chef behind your favorite hidden breakfast spot in Louisville," 6 Mar. 2018 If your hair is dry, spritz water onto it, then apply a mousse that contains heat protectant. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "17 Genius Curly Hair Tips and Tricks," 1 Dec. 2017 From shrimp to mango mousse, food has long been a diplomatic weapon in the arena of the complex, fraught and sometimes petty geopolitics of East Asia. Gavin Blair,, "It's not just dessert: On eve of Korea summit, a mango mousse's map throws Japan out of joint," 26 Apr. 2018 Her sweet confection was created by pastry chef Stefan Roman, according to the Swedish journal Svenskdam, with raspberry yogurt mousse, vanilla cream and fresh raspberries. Caris Davis,, "Royal Sugar Rush! Sweden's Princess Estelle Turns 6 with a Cake Fit for a Queen," 23 Feb. 2018 Served at Disneyland's Red Rose Taverne in Fantasyland, the rose is actually made up of a dark chocolate mousse. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Eat Your Way Through All of Disney's Halloween Treats?," 1 Oct. 2018 Start with a cleansing oil followed by a gel formula—like Aerin's purifying foam mousse. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Face Washes to Swap Into Your Morning Routine," 28 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

L’Oréal's version, which transforms from clay to mousse when wet, comes in three variations: Detox and Brighten, Red Algae, and Eucalyptus. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The 8 Best Skin-Care Launches for Fall 2017," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of mousse


1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mousse


French, literally, froth, moss, from Old French mosse, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German mos moss — more at moss

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The first known use of mousse was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of mousse

: a cold and sweet food made with whipped cream or egg whites and usually fruit or chocolate
: a foamy substance that is used in styling a person's hair

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