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[muhs-tash, muh-stash] /ˈmʌs tæʃ, məˈstæʃ/
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moustached, adjective Unabridged
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  • According to german military tradition, soldiers should not have beards, only moustaches.
British Dictionary definitions for moustaches


the unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip, and sometimes down the sides of the mouth
a similar growth of hair or bristles (in animals) or feathers (in birds)
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
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Word Origin and History for moustaches



see mustache. Related: moustachial.

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Encyclopedia Article for moustaches


hair grown on the upper lip by men. The wearing of mustaches, like beards, has been since antiquity a reflection of such factors as climate (local or temporal), custom, religious belief, and personal taste. It was usual in the past to make no distinction between a mustache and other facial hair such as a beard or whiskers, as these were usually worn together. As early as 2650 BC, however, Egyptian artifacts show a pencil-line mustache with no beard

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