1. a sweetened dessert with whipped cream as a base, often stabilized with gelatin and chilled in a mold: chocolate mousse.
  2. an aspic, unsweetened and containing meat, vegetables, or fish: salmon mousse.
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

1890–95; < French: moss, froth < Germanic; see moss
Can be confusedmouse mousse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mousse

Historical Examples of mousse

  • A few berries had also been sliced and mixed with the mousse as she put it in the glasses.

    Living on a Little

    Caroline French Benton

  • This was alternated with some sort of mousse made in the fireless stove.

    Living on a Little

    Caroline French Benton

  • If the chaudfroid says nothing to you, will you not try the mousse?

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus

  • Line the mold with an ice and fill the center with a mousse or a parfait.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • This mousse can be flavored with a tablespoonful of kirsch, rum, or brandy instead of sherry.

British Dictionary definitions for mousse



a light creamy dessert made with eggs, cream, fruit, etc, set with gelatine
a similar dish made from fish or meat
the layer of small bubbles on the top of a glass of champagne or other sparkling wine
short for styling mousse

Word Origin for mousse

C19: from French: froth
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Word Origin and History for mousse

1892, in cookery sense, from French mousse, from Old French mousse "froth, scum," from Late Latin mulsa "mead," from Latin mulsum "honey wine, mead," from neuter of mulsus "mixed with honey," related to mel "honey" (see Melissa). Meaning "preparation for hair" is from 1977. As a verb in this sense from 1984.

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