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mustache

Syllabification: mus·tache
Pronunciation: /ˈməsˌtaSH
 
, məˈstaSH
 
/
(also moustache)

Definition of mustache in English:

noun

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.
1.1 (mustaches) A long mustache.
Example sentences
  • If you don't believe me, just check out the mustaches.
  • And when you look at historic pictures, guys had mutton chops, mustaches, beards.
  • Both sides of the entrance were lined with German guards, uniformed in magenta tunics like their counterparts on the Palatine, but with incongruous yellow mustaches dangling below their chins.
1.2A growth similar to a mustache, or a marking that resembles it, around 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

mustached

1
(also mustachioed) adjective
Example sentences
  • She found her bank card missing after the moustachioed stranger stopped to ask her for directions in a supermarket car park.
  • 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!’

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