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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 Effervescent, with a long-lasting, mousse-like head, this is a perfect beer for summer. Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, "Belgian witbiers, once forgotten, are popular summer sippers," 5 May 2021 Dark chocolate mousse with raspberry whipped cream, passionfruit pistachio cake or croissant bread pudding. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Here's where to take your mom for Mother's Day in Houston," 4 May 2021 The mousse-like gel helps your eyebrows look their best. Robin Raven, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Vegan Makeup For Traveling Moms," 27 Apr. 2021 The fluffy, mousse-like texture makes skin look even in both texture and tone. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "I Tried Tarte's Sugar Rush Poreless Tinted Moisturizer to See If It'll Actually Make Me Look Poreless," 16 Apr. 2021 To achieve the windswept wavy texture, Scarlett partnered with ghd, using the brand's lightweight mousse to add volume at the roots and the platinum styler for a softly-smoothed finish. Megan Decker,, "Margot Robbie Brought Her New Bangs To The Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 At Aurum, the modern Indian restaurant from former August 1 Five chef Manish Tyagihas, a four-course Mother’s Day menu ($60/person) will include a dahi poor mousse amuse bouche, tandoori duck seekh kebab and apple jalebi rabdi parfait. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, "28 Mother's Day brunch ideas in the Bay Area, from Champagne feasts to bagels in bed," 23 Apr. 2021 Chocoholics will be satiated by protein blender muffins, lighter flourless cake and mousse. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights teen’s ‘Cakes for Cancer’ book raises money for research," 26 Jan. 2021 Many recipes call for egg whites alone, especially in baking—think angel food cake, soufflés, mousse, and meringues. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "Wondering What to Do With Egg Yolks? We Have 11 Sweet and Savory Egg Yolk Recipes," 24 Mar. 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, "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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“Mousse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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