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mustache

or mous·tache

[muhs-tash, muh-stash]
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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

1575–85; < Middle French moustache < Italian mostaccio; see mustachio
Related formsmus·tached, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mustache

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Historical Examples

  • “Maybe it means having a mustache,” said Carl, with a slight flush.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • That has something to do with it certainly, but Mrs. Flynn has a mustache, and she is not a man.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • You had a mustache then and your name was diff'rent, but you seemed familiar just the same.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Swan pushed back from the table, wringing the coffee from his mustache.

  • His hair and mustache were coal black; they are a motley gray.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for mustache

mustache

noun
  1. the US spelling of moustache
Derived Formsmustached, adjective
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Word Origin and History for 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper