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[muh-stah-shoh, -shee-oh, -stash-oh, -stash-ee-oh]
noun, plural mus·ta·chios.
  1. a mustache.
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Origin of mustachio

1545–55; < Spanish mostacho and its source, Italian mostaccio, variant of mostacchio < Medieval Greek moustáki, Doric Greek mýstax, stem mystak- upper lip, mustache
Related formsmus·ta·chioed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mustachio

Historical Examples

  • Another his mustachio stout Curls at the ends in fashion suave.

    Enamels and Cameos and other Poems

    Thophile Gautier

  • Furlong thought he alluded to the mustachio, and replied with an assurance that he "liked it of all things."

  • His face, greatly sunburnt, was more than half hidden by whisker and mustachio.

  • And the student rose, drew up his tall form, twisted his mustachio, and looked fiercely around.

  • The cheek-feathers are elongated, so as to form on each side a sort of mustachio.

British Dictionary definitions for mustachio


noun plural -chios
  1. (often plural when considered as two halves) often jocular a moustache, esp when bushy or elaborately shaped
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Word Origin

C16: from Spanish mostacho and Italian mostaccio
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