[muh-soos, -sooz; French ma-sœz]

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 confusedmasseur masseuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for masseuse

Contemporary Examples of masseuse

Historical Examples of masseuse

  • You get a Swedish masseuse down to stay, and go to bed and drink milk.

    The Spinster

    Robert Hichens

  • It was past six when they returned home, and for once the masseuse was waiting for them.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels

    Mrs. Charles Bryce

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

  • This nurse was a masseuse in the habit of Weir Mitchelling patients.

    The Modern Malady

    Cyril Bennett

  • But as soon as she was well she decided to come to England and learn to be a masseuse.

British Dictionary definitions for masseuse



a woman who gives massages, esp as a profession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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