mustache

noun

variants or less commonly moustache
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
mustached adjective
or less commonly moustached
ˈmə-ˌstasht How to pronounce mustache (audio)
(ˌ)mə-ˈstasht

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Example Sentences

He used a small pair of scissors to trim his mustache. He decided to grow a mustache. The actor was wearing a false mustache.
Recent Examples on the Web Hollingshead later identified an unusual reason for the team’s return to form: his mustache. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 The growing popularity of the 23-year-old Strider, known for his thick mustache and 100 mph fastball, was evident from all the the fans in the sellout crowd of 42,893 wearing fake 'staches in his honor. Paul Newberry, ajc, 21 Aug. 2022 The growing popularity of the 23-year-old Strider, known for his thick mustache and 100 mph fastball, was evident from all the the fans in the sellout crowd of 42,893 wearing fake 'staches in his honor. Paul Newberry, Chron, 20 Aug. 2022 So the first thing that Jimmy did after Gene is caught, almost immediately apparently, is shave his mustache. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Aug. 2022 Rivers Cuomo and his mustache sent out a message via the band's Discord announcing the end of their Broadway dreams. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 11 Aug. 2022 Trimming up my mustache even worked relatively well. Chris Hachey, BGR, 3 Aug. 2022 His mustache trembled and tears glittered in his dark eyes. Vladimir Sorokin, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 His mustache was long and feral; his bare arms stuck out of a sleeveless T-shirt, flaunting temporary tattoos. New York Times, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mustache was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Mustache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mustache. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

mustache

noun

mus·​tache
variants also moustache
ˈmə-ˌstash,
mə-ˈstash
: the hair growing on the human upper lip

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