moustache

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English[edit]

Man with moustache

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Etymology[edit]

Used in English since the 16th century. Via French from Italian mostaccio, from Byzantine Greek μουστάκιον (moustakion), diminutive of (Doric) Ancient Greek μύσταξ (mustaks, upper lip), from Proto-Indo-European *mendʰ- (to chew).

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moustache (plural moustaches)

  1. A growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.
    For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.

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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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Neapolitan mustaccio (compare Italian mostaccio), itself, possibly through an intermediate Late Latin *mustaceum, from Byzantine Greek μουστάκιον (moustakion), from Ancient Greek μύσταξ (mustaks).

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moustache f (plural moustaches)

  1. moustache, mustache

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French moustache.

Noun[edit]

moustache f (plural moustaches)

  1. moustache