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[muh-stah-shoh, -shee-oh, -stash-oh, -stash-ee-oh] /məˈstɑ ʃoʊ, -ʃiˌoʊ, -ˈstæʃ oʊ, -ˈstæʃ iˌoʊ/
noun, plural mustachios.
a mustache.
Origin of mustachio
1545-55; < Spanish mostacho and its source, Italian mostaccio, variant of mostacchio < Medieval Greek moustáki, Doric Greek mýstax, stem mystak- upper lip, mustache
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mustachioed, adjective Unabridged
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  • "Towing the King of Spain his plate-fleet behind you," quoth the mustachioed gentleman.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • These mustachioed gentry are by no means the rage at present in Olympus.

    Ixion In Heaven Benjamin Disraeli
  • There was a young fellow of about five-and-twenty, mustachioed and smartly dressed, in the coach with me.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • Her presence protects us, and we will ensure her safety better than her mustachioed gentry.

    Egmont Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • Their hair was closely cut, and they had the whiskerless cheek, the beardless chin, and the mustachioed lip of the "regulation."

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • He is a mustachioed, dandyish-looking fellow, and stared through his quizzing glass in a style quite amusing.

British Dictionary definitions for mustachioed


(often jocular) having a moustache, esp when bushy or elaborately shaped


noun (pl) -chios
(often pl when considered as two halves) (often jocular) a moustache, esp when bushy or elaborately shaped
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish mostacho and Italian mostaccio
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Word Origin and History for mustachioed

1817, from mustachio (1550s), from Spanish mostacho and directly from Italian mostaccio (see mustache). The noun was superseded by mustache, but the adjective has endured.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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