\ 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


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

And that '80s looks is achieved in part to an '80s products: One of the mousses used by Rivers and her team is one that was around in the '80s, Paul Mitchell Extra Body Extra-Body Sculpting Foam. Marci Robin, Allure, "GLOW’s Hairstylists Don’t Use Wigs to Create the Show’s Big ‘80s Looks," 14 July 2018 Plus, the mousse is gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Caramel mousse for coffee cake is next on her list. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious World of Burrow, a Japanese Bakery Hiding In an Office Lobby," 13 June 2018 Baked cheese-herb crusted halibut fillet, seared lamb loin with cabernet sauce, lobster mac and cheese, fennel and orange cured salmon trout, salted butter caramel cake, and pineapple mousse. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 The same ratio, but with the addition of a splash of Coconut La Croix (trust me) results in a fluffy, fizzy, mousse-like substance that’s fun to snack on (or shape onto a coconut pie crust). Gabrielle Campagnano, Bon Appetit, "Peanut Butter Powder Sounds Weird But Is Secretly Great for Cooking," 11 June 2018 Velvety and decadent, mango mousse may have seemed like a properly regal dish to serve at a historic summit that will bring the leaders of the two Koreas together to discuss weighty issues such as nuclear weapons and a formal end to the Korean War. 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 Layers of snow-white whipped cream and spiced pumpkin mousse create a festive dessert for the holiday season. Country Living, "Pumpkin Mousse," 24 July 2017 Serve the mousse in small shooter glasses or espresso cups with a fresh berry garnish. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spread the love: Nutella is a chocolaty kiss of bliss for your valentine (or you)," 2 Feb. 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


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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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