Definition of moustache in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈstɑːʃ/
(US also mustache)


1A strip of hair left to grow above the upper lip.
Example sentences
  • The soldier is played by Basim Hamed, a willowy, 31-year-old sculptor who shaved his shoulder-length hair and grew a mustache for the part.
  • She has a pencil-thin moustache on her upper lip.
  • An old man wearing glasses that drooped down to his nose with grey hair and a thin grey mustache above his upper lip stood before us with a grin.
informal tash
North American informal stash
Scottish & North American  mouser
1.1 (moustaches) A long moustache: a clergyman with long grey moustaches
More example sentences
  • It took Vyaas 25 years to grow his moustaches, nurturing them with almonds, curd, ghee and lemon every day.
  • His hand twitched, as though resisting the urge to rise to his moustaches for a bit of compulsive twirling.
1.2A growth similar to a moustache, or a marking that resembles one, round the mouth of some animals.
Example sentences
  • The Clay-colored can be distinguished from the Chipping by a brown, rather than gray, rump, a darker face pattern, and the absence of a moustache.
  • The Nurse Shark has a small mouth with what looks like a moustache to help it find food.
  • Izzy is described as a green parakeet with an orangey-red ring around his neck, a big, red beak with a black moustache and 28-inch tail feathers.



Pronunciation: /məˈstɑːʃt/
Example sentences
  • A tall, dark, mustached man stood up and extended a hand toward me.
  • A heavily moustached man, upon noticing us, shushes his compadres: ‘Shut up, there are people here!’
  • School uniforms would end at high school and schoolteachers would not have to deal with ten-year-old children and moustached young adults within the same institution.


Late 16th century: from French, from Italian mostaccio, from Greek mustax, mustak-.

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