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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


a jar of styling mousse

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dollops of an airy avocado mousse add contrast and color. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville’s Con Huevos excels when serving up the most important meal of the day," 10 July 2019 The Beans: Dark Roast Rich, smooth chocolate mousse with a hazelnut shell. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019 This mousse-like pie is one of my favorites, and unlike its inspiration, completely safe for anyone allergic to nuts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old-fashioned icebox pies are easy and delicious," 4 June 2019 Desserts included a limoncello semifreddo — a sort of frozen mousse — beautifully arranged with blackberries, strawberries, and a deep-purple berry sorbet nestled in a tuile-like crisp cookie cup. Rand Richards Cooper,, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019 Today reports that guests dined on halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce, followed by Windsor lamb with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and a port sauce. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Royal Family Shares Rare Look at What Goes into Hosting a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace," 5 June 2019 Even the restaurant's desserts will be avocado inclusive with options including chocolate mousse made with avocado and avocado tiramisu. Olivia Harrison,, "This Hotel Employs A 'Guacamologist'," 22 Mar. 2018 To serve: Place a layer of the chicken tinga on each tostada (enough to cover the tostada) and garnish with avocado mousse, radishes, pickled onions, and micro greens. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the chef behind your favorite hidden breakfast spot in Louisville," 6 Mar. 2018 If your hair is dry, spritz water onto it, then apply a mousse that contains heat protectant. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "17 Genius Curly Hair Tips and Tricks," 1 Dec. 2017

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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