One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long or elaborate moustache.
- ‘It appears that beneath the glistening boots and bristling Prussian mustachios of the time, German society was a veritable sink of seething lust.’
- ‘Were they, along with their mustachios, from another era, a different time and place?’
- ‘At 59 he still wears his old-fashioned beard, the sharp mustachios now flecked with grey.’
- ‘If he'd had mustachios, Cathy had no doubt at all that he'd be twirling them.’
- ‘The other effigy represents an aged and demure-looking man with a forked beard and mustachios, having a wrinkled forehead, and the hair stiff and combed off the face.’
Mid 16th century: from Spanish mostacho (singular), from Italian mostaccio (see moustache).
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