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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During a June 21 day game at Yankee Stadium, Ichiro appeared briefly on the bench disguised in a bushy mustache, sunglasses and a hoodie. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Ichiro Suzuki’s New Job Comes With Most of the Old Trappings," 5 July 2018 Short and jowly with a salt-and-pepper military-style haircut and a pencil-thin mustache, the guard had been at Rikers for more than 15 years, Marshall would learn, and his name was Benny Santiago. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018 Mengden, a 25-year-old right-hander with a four-pitch mix and a hipster mustache, tossed a two-hit shutout. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Offense vanishes again as Diamondbacks are blanked by Athletics," 26 May 2018 Men age 23-40 that have an ‘80s look – such as long hair (Afro), side burns, mustache, etc. – with no dreads or twists are needed. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking men," 25 Apr. 2018 Elliott, 73, known for his bushy mustache as well as for his cowboy, biker, and military characters, currently stars in the Netflix series, The Ranch. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross Are One of Hollywood's Most Enduring Couples," 4 Oct. 2018 For the record, 54-year-old Khan has all his hair — gray hair and a gray mustache. Stephen Wade, Fox News, "Playing bridge at the Asian Games: 'Athletics of the mind'," 22 Aug. 2018 Eleanor becomes not a mustache-twirling villain, but a respectable matriarch with her own hardships and desires. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How Crazy Rich Asians turns a traditional Asian rom-com trope into a modern statement," 18 Aug. 2018 Police described the man as Hispanic, 50 to 60 years old, with short black and gray hair and a mustache, brown eyes and wearing a black T-shirt and black pants. Tribune Staff,, "11-year-old girl grabbed off street while walking home from school on South Side," 12 June 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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