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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 Spoon mousse into prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top. Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 She's come to select a handful of favorite treats, including a chocolate mousse, Christmas pudding, and birthday cupcakes. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 18 June 2021 Chocolate peanut butter mousse pie is their centerpiece flavor, and other current offerings are salted caramel apple crumble, blueberry cobbler, banana cream and Key lime. Samantha Chery,, 17 June 2021 Ramirez had nabbed a precious reservation at Lucia for his wife’s birthday, and the smooth, salty mousse left him awestruck enough to approach chef and owner David Uygur. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 This Italian dessert option is like the mash-up of mousse and custard. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Mar. 2021 There was prosciutto and melon, handmade pasta and two individual chocolate mousse tarts with strawberry roses perched on top. Emily Beyda, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2021 For desserts, there's chocolate cake, tropical mousse or cheesecake. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 Keep folding until there are no white specks of cream or egg white and then pour into a decorative serving dish. Put the mousse into the refrigerator for at least three hours to allow the chocolate to set. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 13 June 2021 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

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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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“Mousse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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