mus·tache | \ˈməs-ˌtash, (ˌ)mə-ˈstash \
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, (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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Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, Travis Janowksi and Adam Cimber were among the Padres wearing mustaches a day later. Jeff Sanders,, "Andy Green mustache you a question," 11 July 2018 Leone’s lingering close-ups exploited Bronson’s fascinating stillness and the beauty of his face when devoid of his signature wispy mustache. Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Charles Bronson, man of dimensions: Much more to him than ‘Death Wish’," 28 Feb. 2018 The new team executive sneaked into the Mariners’ dugout in disguise yesterday, clad in a bushy fake mustache, shades and a hoodie. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The state’s first wildlife-detection dog, plus Seattle’s sports power couple | Friday Morning Brief, June 22," 22 June 2018 In it, a man with a Hitler-esque mustache looks directly at the camera and points to the dead men. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trailblazing America's Black Holocaust Museum poised to reopen," 15 June 2018 After being ejected from a game in 1999 while managing the New York Mets, Valentine later returned to the dugout wearing dark glasses and a fake mustache. Jeff Miller,, "Ichiro Suzuki on Shohei Ohtani: 'You can't even compare me to him'," 5 May 2018 Items found on the sand included acrylic nails, a bag of costume jewelry, a belly ring, a fake mustache, a mascara brush, a mermaid purse, nail clippers, perfume samples and shampoo pump. Washington Post, "Mower, tooth in a box, Vishnu doll in New Jersey beach trash," 12 Apr. 2018 People put makeup on me, polish my shoes, trim my mustache, shave me. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Steve Harvey on Returning to Stand-Up, Ambitious TV Plans and (Why Not?) Launching an Organic Food Empire," 27 Apr. 2018 With her unibrow, braided updo, colorful clothing and mustache, the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become an idiosyncratic cult figure in the United States. Anita Snow,, "On the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art trail in Mexico City," 23 Feb. 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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The first known use of mustache was in 1585

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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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