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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 Alton Brown revisits a chocolate-centric show from Season 1 with a new two-ingredient chocolate mousse and a cake cooked in the microwave. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Monday: ‘The Princess Bride’ on Quibi," 29 June 2020 This flourless vanilla cake is topped with white chocolate mousse, chocolate glaze and Butterfinger pieces, then finished with white chocolate. Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants offering Father’s Day specials," 13 June 2020 Also remember that raw eggs can be found in seemingly innocuous foods and drinks, too, such as Hollandaise sauce, Caesar dressing, eggnog, raw cookie dough, aioli, meringue, mousse and tiramisu. Rachel Meltzer Warren, New York Times, "The Foods to Avoid When You’re Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2020 Desserts include a s’mores pudding with chocolate mousse, burnt marshmallow cream and graham crust. oregonlive, "Portland’s 33 best $33 dining month menus," 7 Mar. 2020 The bakery, which originated in Hokkaido, Japan, specializes in double-baked tarts filled with cream cheese mousse in flavors including strawberry, matcha and chocolate. Los Angeles Times, "Straight outta Hokkaido, Baked Cheese Tart sets up shop in Century City," 1 Oct. 2019 And aquafaba, the liquid from chickpeas, can mimic the properties of egg whites and can be used for a meringue or a mousse. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Thinking of going vegan? What you need to know first," 6 Feb. 2020 Somewhere between the rich brandade, the fall-apart coq au vin, and a truly luxe chocolate mousse came an unsuspecting course—the underdog, even. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "Say What You Will About Sun-Dried Tomatoes—They're Perfect in This Walnut Dip," 24 Apr. 2020 At first glance, the puree could be mistaken for chocolate mousse. TheWeek, "How Oaxacan refried beans steal the show," 12 Apr. 2020 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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9 Jul 2020

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“Mousse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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