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  1. Cooking.

    • a sweetened and flavored dessert with a base of whipped cream, beaten egg whites, or both: chocolate mousse.

    • an aspic, unsweetened and containing meat, vegetables, or fish, usually chilled in a mold: salmon mousse.

  2. a foamy preparation used on the hair to help hold it in place, applied usually to damp hair before grooming or styling and worked in until absorbed.

Origin of mousse

First recorded in 1890–95; from French: literally, “moss, froth”; partly from Latin (aqua) mulsa “hydromel” (feminine singular of adjective mulsus “mixed with honey, sweet”); partly from Germanic; see moss

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Words Nearby mousse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mousse in a sentence

  • Lay the smoked salmon slices out, on the work surface, fill with a spoonful of the mousse and roll up to make roulades.

    We Are Off to the Races!! | Lydia Brownlow | June 7, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • This list will also likely include petit fours, mini éclairs, trifle, and chocolate and lemon mousse.

    Royal Wedding Plans So Far for Prince William | Barbie Latza Nadeau, Jacqueline Williams | February 22, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Banana ice cream, frozen chocolate mousse, a web of spun sugar, almond cake, chocolate crunches.

  • A summer meal might include gougéres, gazpacho, tuna persille, chicken, two cheese courses, and chocolate mousse.

    A Burgundy Wine Feast | Sophie Menin | July 4, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Malgr les efforts du bateau de sauvetage et des lignes envoyes au moyen du fusil porte-amarre, quatre hommes et le mousse ont pri.

    Contes Franais | Douglas Labaree Buffum
  • As the pads retain cold as well as they do heat, the ice does not melt, and the mousse gradually freezes itself.

    Living on a Little | Caroline French Benton
  • Last of all came the vanilla mousse, each glass topped by a big strawberry.

    Living on a Little | Caroline French Benton
  • When cream was used, it was made into mousse, and of course frozen in the tireless stove.

    Living on a Little | Caroline French Benton
  • In addition to being attractive, caramel mousse is so delicious that it appeals to practically every one.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

British Dictionary definitions for mousse


/ (muːs) /

  1. a light creamy dessert made with eggs, cream, fruit, etc, set with gelatine

  2. a similar dish made from fish or meat

  1. the layer of small bubbles on the top of a glass of champagne or other sparkling wine

  2. short for styling mousse

Origin of mousse

C19: from French: froth

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