mus·​tache | \ ˈməs-ˌtash 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 \ ˈməs-​ˌtasht 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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The Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic shaved his mustache and went on a shooting tear. ... Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "NBA series capsules," 12 Apr. 2018 When styled, his mustache stretches in a perfectly straight line for more than 12 inches. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Fear the beard: WhiskerMania wants to crown the best beard in all of Louisville," 23 Jan. 2018 Police described him as having a beard and mustache, being between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot, and weighing between 220 and 250 pounds. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: Man pepper-sprays Cricket store clerk, steals cellphones," 29 June 2018 Because baseball is a game of superstitions, picking up a win after first base coach Skip Schumaker donned a mustache on Tuesday meant the facial hair fad spread throughout the clubhouse Wednesday. Jeff Sanders,, "Andy Green mustache you a question," 11 July 2018 With his gravelly voice and trademark mustache, Beck is every inch the law enforcement elder statesman who himself was the son of a high-ranking LAPD officer. Cindy Chang,, "Retiring after more than 40 years, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has evolved with the department he leads," 24 June 2018 And, lastly, no one found the Henry Cavill mustache fiasco funnier than Henry Cavill himself, who created a memorial video for it after shaving. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 Sitting behind him during the entire hearing was a man wearing a mustache and top hat, dressed as the character from the popular board game Monopoly. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai Faces Lawmakers Skeptical Over Privacy, Alleged Anti-Conservative Bias," 11 Dec. 2018 Hell, today, Reynold’s mustache alone is a bigger icon than most of his cultural contemporaries. Aja Romano, Vox, "Burt Reynolds, ’70s icon and movie star, is dead at 82," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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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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