mousse

noun
\ ˈmüs \

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

mousse

verb
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 play: Cheeseburger & fries ($16), foie gras éclair with lavender honey ($14), chicken wings, liver mousse, hot sauce ($12) Mi Tocaya 2800 W. Logan Blvd. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 The ever-changing dessert lineup can feature items such as matcha mousse, Japanese cheesecakes and whimsical options fashioned into unicorns and bear paws. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New coffee shops creating community spaces," 21 June 2018 Sumptuous yet delicate highlights range from Murasaki uni with shiso leaf and watermelon radish to foie gras mousse (pictured left to center). Choose Chicago, Bon Appetit, "10 of Our Favorite Under-the-Radar Chicago Restaurants," 21 May 2018 And speaking of chocolate, there’s a terrific chocolate mousse, with white milk pearls, chocolate streusel and cocoa nibs. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Tied House review: Chef Debbie Gold shines in return to Chicago's dining scene," 27 Apr. 2018 The desserts here offer the soft landing of various mousses, soufflés, and tartes that were fine, but could benefit from more intensity of flavor. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Desserts include mini rum pineapple upside down cake, peach melba panna cotta parfait, sour cherry mousse cake, and mango kulfi. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Summer Menu Offers a Taste of Paradise," 26 June 2018 At dessert time, the chiffon-like consistency of a mango mousse cake left some of us disappointed. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "A dessert disguised as a potted plant, and more surprises at Blair's on Hudson," 30 May 2018 Fresh avocados are the secret key to making a creamy no-cook chocolate mousse. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018

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

Noun

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mousse

Noun

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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mousse

noun

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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