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mustache

Definition:

an unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Plural:

mustaches

Part of:

beard » adult male body » man

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

he looked younger after he shaved off his mustache

Synonyms:

moustache [British spelling] | soup-strainer [slang] | tache [Britain, informal] | toothbrush [slang]

Etymology:

French moustache, from Italian mostaccio, from Medieval Greek moustakion,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Moustache | mustache

facial hair grown on the upper lip. It may or may not be accompanied by a type of beard, a facial hair style grown and cropped to cover most of the lower half of the male face. Moustaches are commonly groomed by trimming and styling with a type of... (49 of 2314 words, pronunciations, 24 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Moustache

Britannica Encyclopedia:

mustache | moustache

hair grown on the upper lip. Since antiquity, the wearing of mustaches, like beards, has reflected a wide range of customs, religious beliefs, and ... (24 of 223 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/399541​/mustache

Collins Dictionary:

mustache [United States] | moustache | mustached [adjective, derived] | moustached [adjective, derived]

the US spelling of "moustache" | the unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip, and sometimes down the sides of the mouth | a similar growth of hair or ... (28 of 406 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mustache

Merriam-Webster:

mustache | moustache | mustached [adjective, related] | moustached [adjective, related]

the hair growing on the human upper lip ; especially, such hair grown and often trimmed in a particular style | hair or bristles about the mouth of a ... (28 of 109 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mustache

American Heritage Dictionary:

mustache | moustache [sense-specific] | mustached [adjective, related]

The hair growing on the human upper lip, especially when cultivated and groomed. | Something similar to the cultivated, groomed hair on the human ... (23 of 92 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mustache

Oxford Dictionary:

mustache | moustache | mustaches | mustached [derived]

Syllabification: (mus┬Ětache) | a strip of hair left to grow above the upper lip. | ("mustaches") : a long mustache. | a growth similar to a mustache, ... (24 of 92 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/mustache

Random House Dictionary:

mustache | moustache | mustachio | mustachios [plural]

the hair growing on the upper lip | such hair on men, allowed to grow without shaving, and often trimmed in any of various shapes. | hairs or bristles ... (27 of 83 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mustache

New World Dictionary:

mustache

the hair that a man has let grow out on his upper lip: sometimes used in ... | the hair or bristles growing about the mouth in some animals (28 of 82 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mustache

Macmillan British Dictionary:

moustache [countable] | moustaches [plural] | mustache [American spelling]

the hair that grows on a man's upper lip, especially deliberately grown in a particular shape (16 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/moustache

Cambridge Dictionary:

moustache | mustache [United States]

hair which a man grows above his upper lip (9 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/moustache

Wiktionary:

mustache | mustaches [plural] | moustache [British]

A growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip. (12 of 22 words, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mustache

Columbia Encyclopedia:

beard

hair on the lower portion of the face. The term "mustache" refers to hair worn above the upper lip. Attitudes toward facial hair have varied in ... (26 of 262 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0806606​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

mustache | mustaches [plural] | moustache [hairdressing, Canadian spelling, British spelling] | moustaches [hairdressing, Canadian spelling, British spelling, plural]

facial hair allowed to grow on somebody's upper lip and often down the sides of the mouth or onto the cheeks | hair, bristles, or feathers around the ... (27 of 71 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861679236​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

mustache

First use: 1580s

Origin: French moustache, from Italian mostaccio, from Medieval Greek moustakion, diminutive of Doric mystax (genitive ... (15 of 89 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=mustache

New World Dictionary:

mustache

Origin: French moustache from Italian mostacchio, mustache from Middle Greek mustaki from Greek mystax, upper lip, mustache from ... (17 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mustache

tache [archaic]

Origin: Middle English from Middle French, a nail from Old French estache: see "attach"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tache

Merriam-Webster:

mustache | moustache

First use: 1585

Origin: Middle French moustache, from Old Italian mustaccio, from Middle Greek moustaki, diminutive of Greek mystak-, mystax upper lip, mustache

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mustache

American Heritage Dictionary:

mustache

Origin: French moustache, from Italian dialectal mustaccio, from Medieval Greek moustakion, from Greek mustax, mustache, upper lip.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mustache

tache [archaic]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tache

Collins Dictionary:

mustache [United States] | moustache

First use: 16th century

Origin: via French from Italian mostaccio, ultimately from Doric Greek mustax upper lip

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mustache

tache

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Old French, of Germanic origin; compare tack1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tache

Oxford Dictionary:

mustache | moustache | mustaches

First use: late 16th century

Origin: French, from Italian mostaccio, from Greek mustax, mustak-

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/mustache

Wiktionary:

moustache | moustaches [plural] | mustache | mustaches

Origin: Used in English since the 16th century. Via French, from Italian mostaccio, ultimately from Doric Ancient Greek μύσταξ ("upper lip").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/moustache

tache | taches [plural]

Origin: Shortening of moustache. | French tache spot. See tetchy. | See tack ("a kind of nail").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tache

Encarta Dictionary:

mustache | mustaches [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: French from Italian mostaccio from Greek mustak- "upper lip, mustache"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861679236​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

mustache | mustaches [plural] | moustache [British]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mustache"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mustache

Macmillan American Dictionary:

mustache [countable] | mustaches [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mustache"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/mustache

moustache

Audio: North American pronunciation of "moustache"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/moustache

tache [countable, British, informal] | taches [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tache"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/tache

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mustache

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mustache"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mustache

moustache [countable] | moustaches [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "moustache"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/moustache

tache [countable, British, informal] | taches [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tache"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tache

the Free Dictionary:

mustache

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "mustache"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "mustache"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/mustache

moustache

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "moustache"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "moustache"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "moustache" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/moustache

tache

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "tache"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "tache" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/tache

Google Dictionary:

mustache | moustaches [plural] | mustaches [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "mustache"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=mustache

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

mustache

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mustache"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=mustac​01 word=mustache

mustache

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mustache"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=mustac​02 word=mustache

YourDictionary Audio:

mustache

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mustache" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mustache

moustache

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "moustache" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/moustache

tache

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tache"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tache

freedictionary.org:

mustache

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mustache" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=mustache

moustache

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "moustache" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=moustache

Collins Dictionary:

moustache | mustache [United States]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "moustache"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/moustache

tache

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "tache"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tache"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tache

Cambridge Dictionary:

moustache

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "moustache"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "moustache"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/moustache

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