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moustache

[muhs-tash, muh-stash] /ˈmʌs tæʃ, məˈstæʃ/
noun
1.
Related forms
moustached, adjective

mustache

or moustache

[muhs-tash, muh-stash] /ˈmʌs tæʃ, məˈstæʃ/
noun
1.
the hair growing on the upper lip.
2.
such hair on men, allowed to grow without shaving, and often trimmed in any of various shapes.
3.
hairs or bristles growing near the mouth of an animal.
4.
a stripe of color, or elongated feathers, suggestive of a mustache on the side of the head of a bird.
5.
something resembling a mustache, as food or drink adhering to the upper lip:
a mustache of milk.
Origin of mustache
1575-1585
1575-85; < Middle French moustache < Italian mostaccio; see mustachio
Related forms
mustached, adjective
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  • No signs of a moustache are yet visible on his finely-chiselled upper lip.

  • "Till the Bourbons return," said another Carlist, playing with his moustache.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Some years ago a moustache was looked upon by serious English people as decidedly reckless and dissipated.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • Nobody ever saw much more of the Major than his nose and his moustache.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Vasili Andreevich, who was driving, inflated his cheeks, blowing the breath out through his moustache.

    Master and Man Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for moustache

moustache

/məˈstɑːʃ/
noun
1.
the unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip, and sometimes down the sides of the mouth
2.
a similar growth of hair or bristles (in animals) or feathers (in birds)
3.
a mark like a moustache
Derived Forms
moustached, (US) mustached, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian mostaccio, ultimately from Doric Greek mustax upper lip

mustache

/məˈstɑːʃ/
noun
1.
the US spelling of moustache
Derived Forms
mustached, adjective
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Word Origin and History for moustache
n.

see mustache. Related: moustachial.

mustache

n.

1580s, from French moustache (15c.), from Italian mostaccio, from Medieval Greek moustakion, diminutive of Doric mystax (genitive mystakos) "upper lip, mustache," related to mastax "jaws, mouth," literally "that with which one chews," from PIE root *mendh- "to chew" (see mandible).

Borrowed earlier (1550s) as mostacchi, from the Italian word or its Spanish derivative mostacho. The plural form of this, mustachios, lingers in English. Dutch slang has a useful noun, de befborstel, to refer to the mustache specifically as a tool for stimulating the clitoris; probably from beffen "to stimulate the clitoris with the tongue."

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