- 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
to shape or style (hair) with mousse
- Any of various chilled desserts made with flavored whipped cream, gelatin, and eggs: chocolate mousse.
- A molded dish containing meat, fish, or shellfish combined with whipped cream and gelatin.
- An aerosol foam used to control and style the hair.
transitive verbmoussed, mouss·ing, mouss·es
To apply a styling foam to (the hair).
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.