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[muh-soos, -sooz; French ma-sœz] /məˈsus, -ˈsuz; French maˈsœz/
a woman who provides massage as a profession or occupation.
Origin of masseuse
From French, dating back to 1875-80; See origin at massage, -euse
Can be confused
masseur, masseuse. Unabridged
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  • You get a Swedish masseuse down to stay, and go to bed and drink milk.

    The Spinster Robert Hichens
  • She borrows of every one, even the masseuse and the charwoman, my dear, its quite awful!

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • I have actually to subsidize a masseuse to live round the corner, and she cheeks me all the time.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • This nurse was a masseuse in the habit of Weir Mitchelling patients.

    The Modern Malady Cyril Bennett
  • Rhoda Hanlan the masseuse was ostentatiously sewed with double thread and backstitched at that.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • But as soon as she was well she decided to come to England and learn to be a masseuse.

  • Well, anyhow, let us be thankful to the masseuse for our slender hips.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • She has at last followed the advice of Mrs. Heeny, her adviser and masseuse.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for masseuse


a woman who gives massages, esp as a profession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for masseuse

"woman who works giving massages," 1876, from French masseuse, fem. agent noun from masser (see massage).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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