mousse

noun
\ ˈmüs How to pronounce mousse (audio) \

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

Pour a delicate moscato with a fruit tart, a fortified tawny port with a decadent chocolate mousse. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "5 Quick Wine Pairing Tips for Valentine's Day," 10 Feb. 2011 McMillan also called out another product that won't break the bank: Sebastian Professional Whipped Crème, a $10 styling mousse. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Hairstylist Chris McMillan Swears by This $2 Pomade for Jennifer Aniston's Frizz-Free Waves," 6 Aug. 2018 There was one good thing on the platter—a mushroom mousse infused with cognac cream. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Clever Rabbit boasts flavorful cocktails, but veggie-centric dishes lack freshness and seasoning," 18 July 2017 For the legions of Reese’s cup fans, there is peanut-butter-chocolate-mousse torte with peanut brittle and scorched marshmallow cream. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Expect dishes like chicken liver mousse, blended with herbs, cream and Scottish whisky and sealed with a sweet orange marmalade butter and served with hot toast. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Omakase Yume brings chefs' choice sushi to the West Loop, plus other restaurant news," 10 July 2018 Alternately layer the pumpkin mousse and whipped cream in a glass serving dish. Country Living, "Pumpkin Mousse," 24 July 2017 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

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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