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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

Noun a jar of styling mousse
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The final step of most protective styles is setting the hair in place with mousse. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 10 Sep. 2022 This self-warming, powder-to-mousse formula is infused with charcoal and turmeric to draw out impurities from pores like a magnet and leave skin glowing and fresh. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Aug. 2022 For dessert, the cacao y pasilla is an elegant dish with chocolate mousse encasing a pasilla core, a cacao financier and currant gel. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Stuff the tomatoes with the mousse, firmly pressing the filling down. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 On the menu, by chef Tom Whitaker, were a play on a surf and turf and an absolutely delightful chocolate mousse. Vogue, 1 Mar. 2022 Her two favorite cocktails: smoothing serum plus mousse for curls, or coconut oil plus styling gel made for curly hair. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 5 Aug. 2022 Taste: The extreme aromas dialled right down now and give way to BBQ corn, chocolate mousse and cinnamon. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 What is the difference between curl cream and mousse? Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 2 Aug. 2022 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, 24 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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2 Oct 2022

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“Mousse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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