mus·​tache | \ ˈmə-ˌstash How to pronounce mustache (audio) , (ˌ)mə-ˈstash How to pronounce mustache (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of mustache

1 : the hair growing on the human upper lip especially : such hair grown and often trimmed in a particular style his long mustache combed and waxed — Henry Petroski
2 : hair or bristles about the mouth of a mammal

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Other Words from mustache

mustached or less commonly moustached \ ˈmə-​ˌstasht How to pronounce moustached (audio) , (ˌ)mə-​ˈstasht \ adjective

Examples of mustache in a Sentence

He used a small pair of scissors to trim his mustache. He decided to grow a mustache. The actor was wearing a false mustache.
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Recent Examples on the Web The 64-person bracket competed to see who could grow the ugliest mustache. Fox News, "Navy ships stuck at sea amid coronavirus pandemic break 161-day record," 25 June 2020 Trump told Bolton that his father, the developer Fred Trump, had also had a prominent mustache. Washington Post, "John Bolton’s been a political brawler for decades, but his rumble with Donald Trump is extreme — even for him.," 28 June 2020 On the San Jacinto, sailors substituted a mustache contest for the March Madness tournament. Fox News, "Navy ships stuck at sea amid coronavirus pandemic break 161-day record," 25 June 2020 Instead of making brackets for the March Madness college basketball tournament, sailors on the USS San Jacinto held a tournament, complete with a 64-person bracket, to see who could grow the ugliest mustache. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Navy ships break record for longest time at sea during coronavirus pandemic," 25 June 2020 According to activist Raymond Hollifield of Hazel Park, a graying white man with a salt-and-pepper mustache twice hit the curb where protesters stood with signs Wednesday before coming directly at him with a white, Ford F-150 truck. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Protesters say pickup driver tried to run them over in Shelby Township," 19 June 2020 The pediatric neuroscientist Charles Nelson is famously gregarious and kind, with wavy, graying blond hair and a mustache like Captain Kangaroo’s. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 So then our white widow marries the now-iconic Rhett Butler (played by Clark Gable, 12 years older than Vivian Leigh and with eyebrows for a mustache) to preserve her lifestyle needs. Drew Magary, The New Republic, "The Gentlemanly Hater’s Guide to Gone With the Wind," 17 June 2020 During one meeting, public speakers displayed a poster showing Quick’s photo with a Hitler mustache and swastikas. Los Angeles Times, "‘They were bent on silencing us’: Groups clash in Orange County over mask requirements," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of mustache

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mustache

Middle French moustache, from Old Italian mustaccio, from Middle Greek moustaki, diminutive of Greek mystak-, mystax upper lip, mustache

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The first known use of mustache was in 1585

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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mustache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mustache

: hair growing on a man's upper lip


variants: also moustache \ ˈmə-​ˌstash , mə-​ˈstash \

Kids Definition of mustache

: the hair growing on the human upper lip

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