Used in English since the 16th century. Via French moustache from Italian mostaccio, from Ancient Greek μουστάκιον (moustákion), diminutive of (Doric) Ancient Greek μύσταξ (mústax, “upper lip”), from Proto-Indo-European *mendʰ- (“to chew”). Replaced native cenep (kemp).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məˈstɑːʃ/, Rhymes: -ɑːʃ
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈmʌstæʃ/, /məˈstæʃ/, Rhymes: -æʃ
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- (Australia) IPA(key): /məˈstæʃ/, Rhymes: -æʃ
- (New Zealand) IPA(key): /məˈstɐːʃ/, Rhymes: -ɐːʃ
moustache (plural moustaches)
- A growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.
1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
- “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; […]. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:moustache.
The plural forms moustaches and mustaches were formerly popular equivalent terms for the facial hair on the lip of one man, but these uses are now archaic with the singular now preferred.
Borrowing from Neapolitan mustaccio (compare Italian mostaccio), itself, possibly through an intermediate Late Latin *mustaceum, from Byzantine Greek μουστάκιον (moustákion), from Ancient Greek μύσταξ (mústax).
moustache f (plural moustaches)
- barbe f
- “moustache” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).