- any of various light chilled or frozen foods made with egg white, gelatin, whipped cream, etc., combined with fruit or flavoring for desserts, or with fish, meat, etc.
- an aerosol foam used to help hair stay in place and, sometimes, to add color
Origin of mousseFr, foam, probably from Classical Latin mulsa, kind of mead from mulsus, mixed with honey from mel, honey: see mildew
transitive verbmoussed, mouss′ing
- Any of various chilled, airy desserts made with flavored whipped cream, gelatin, or eggs: chocolate mousse.
- A molded dish containing meat, fish, or shellfish combined with whipped cream or egg whites and often gelatin.
- An aerosol foam used to control and style the hair.
transitive verbmoussed, mouss·ing, mouss·es
Origin of mousseFrench foam, mousse from Old French moss, foam partly of Germanic origin and partly from Latin mulsa hydromel from feminine of mulsus honey-sweet ; see melit- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present mousses, present participle moussing, simple past and past participle moussed)
- To apply mousse (styling cream).
- He moussed his hair in the morning and then washed it out at night.