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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The robber matched the same physical description as in the earlier incident, but was said to have a mustache and a black baseball cap. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Armed man robs stores in Point Loma, Midway district within hours," 8 June 2019 Music, watermelon eating contest, beard & mustache contest, diaper derby, reptile show, family games and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "July 4th 2019: Here are the SF Bay Area’s parades, fireworks and more," 20 June 2019 Hunting for answers to one of life’s great questions, the lesbian writer Rita Mae Brown pasted on a mustache in 1975 and walked into a bathhouse for gay men. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 If police were looking for a clean-shaven man in a cowboy hat and boots and driving a green Ford, Wharton would grow a mustache and wear flannel and an oversized ski cap and drive a silver Mercury. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 As for whether Morse's rocking mustache will make a return, only time will tell. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Endeavour Season 7: Everything We Know So Far," 17 June 2019 Three days earlier, Philip, who was sixty, tall and lanky, with owlish glasses and mustache, had picked up his wife from an HCR ManorCare nursing home. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 Not far behind were the West Hollywood High Cheerleaders, a group of female impersonators sporting pompoms, false breasts, wigs and mustaches. Shelby Grad,, "From gay bashing to AIDS to same-sex marriage, L.A. pride parade reflects hopes, dreams and despairs," 9 June 2019 Social hour The University of Louisville baseball team gets going in the NCAA Super Regional tonight, and what better way to celebrate than with mustaches and mohawks? Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: The most memorable Belmont Stakes runs of the past 20 years," 7 June 2019

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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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