Mustaches vs Moustache what difference

what is difference between Mustaches and Moustache

English

Noun

mustaches

  1. plural of mustache


English

Alternative forms

  • moustaches
  • (US spelling) mustache, mustaches

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

  • (UK)
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məˈstɑːʃ/, /məˈstɒʃ/
    • (Northern England) IPA(key): /məˈstæʃ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmʌstæʃ/, /məˈstæʃ/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /məˈstɑːʃ/
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /məˈstɐːʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɑːʃ, -ɒʃ, -æʃ, -ɐːʃ

Noun

moustache (plural moustaches)

  1. A growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.
    • “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 more quotations using this term, see Citations:moustache.

Usage notes

The plural forms moustaches and mustaches, while formerly popular equivalents for the facial hair on a man’s upper lip, are now archaic, with the singular preferred.

Derived terms

See also

  • mustachio
  • beard
  • sideburn, sideboard
  • whisker

Translations


French

Etymology

Borrowed from Neapolitan mustaccio (compare Italian mostaccio), itself, possibly through an intermediate Late Latin *mustaceum (see for cognates), from Byzantine Greek μουστάκιον (moustákion), from Ancient Greek μύσταξ (mústax).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mus.taʃ/
  • Homophone: moustaches

Noun

moustache f (plural moustaches)

  1. moustache, mustache
  2. (often in plural) whisker (of a cat)

Derived terms

  • moustachu

See also

  • barbe f

Further reading

  • “moustache” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • mouchâtes
  • touchâmes

Norman

Etymology

Borrowed from French moustache.

Noun

moustache f (plural moustaches)

  1. (Jersey) moustache

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