from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An airy pudding served chilled, particularly chocolate mousse.
  • n. A savory dish, of meat or seafood, containing gelatin.
  • n. A styling cream used for hair.
  • v. To apply mousse (styling cream).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A frozen dessert of a frothy texture, made of sweetened and flavored whipped cream, sometimes with the addition of egg yolks and gelatin. Mousse differs from ice cream in being beaten before -- not during -- the freezing process.
  • n. Any of a variety of foods whipped to a light texture.
  • n. A foam containing special chemicals, used for styling hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In cookery, a whipped cream, sweetened and variously flavored, with or without eggs, and frozen without stirring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rich, frothy, creamy dessert made with whipped egg whites and heavy cream
  • n. toiletry consisting of an aerosol foam used in hair styling
  • v. apply a styling gel to
  • n. a light creamy dish made from fish or meat and set with gelatin


French, foam, mousse, from Old French, moss, foam, partly of Germanic origin and partly from Latin mulsa, hydromel, from feminine of mulsus, honey-sweet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French mousse ("foam, froth"), from Old French mosse ("moss"), from Frankish or Old Dutch mosa ("moss"), from Proto-Germanic *musan (“moss, bog, marsh”). More at moss. (Wiktionary)



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