Used in English since the 16th century. Via French moustache from Italian mostaccio, from Byzantine Greek μουστάκιον (moustákion), diminutive of (Doric) Ancient Greek μύσταξ (mústax, “upper lip”), from Proto-Indo-European *mendʰ- (“to chew”). Replaced native English kemp (“moustache”), from Old English cenep (“moustache”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məˈstɑːʃ/, Rhymes: -ɑːʃ
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈmʌstæʃ/, /məˈstæʃ/, Rhymes: -æʃ
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- (General Australian) IPA(key): /məˈstɑːʃ/, Rhymes: -ɑːʃ
- (General 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, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- “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.
Borrowed 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).