Definition of mousse in US English:

mousse

noun

  • 1A sweet or savory dish made as a smooth light mass with whipped cream and beaten egg white, flavored with chocolate, fish, etc., and typically served chilled.

    ‘roulade of sole with a lobster mousse’
    ‘dark chocolate mousse’
    • ‘These are used as required, mixed with liquids and flavourings, to ‘set’ savoury aspic, desserts such as jelly and mousse, and stabilize commercially made ice cream and other foods.’
    • ‘On top of that was a smooth layer of mango compote, then a bit of caramel mousse and topped with tender, tiny coconut marshmallows.’
    • ‘While less traditional, the desserts here include mango mousse and tropical sorbets, made of exotic fruits like lulu and geishta..’
    • ‘Using pastry bags, fill bottom half of shell with sweet potato mousse, fill top half of shell with parsnip pastry cream and top with chocolate glaze.’
    • ‘However, before the soup we were treated to a roulade of smoked salmon and herbed cheese mousse, with smoked tuna salad on spring lettuce and lemon olive oil dressing.’
    • ‘Well I might have put too little gelatine for this volume of fruit/cream mixture, especially when I tried to make the mousse in jelly molds, as it turned out a bit too soft.’
    • ‘They have so much potential - a soufflé, cakes, crème brûlée, salmon mousse - or just a good, open omelette filled with seasonal vegetables.’
    • ‘Mango fresh cream pastry, mango mousse, mango tarts, and mango souffle are only a few of what Sweet Chariot on Brigade Road offers mango lovers.’
    • ‘From the first souffle, through the egg mousse to the spinach pancakes, we realised that we were in the hands of an artist.’
    • ‘When the foie gras is good, though, it's brilliant: its mousse like silk, its crust a delicate crackle instead of a shroud.’
    • ‘I forgot the name, pistachio crème brûlée and raspberry mousse coated with white chocolate cream.’
    • ‘My friend opted for the Baileys dish, a combination of meringue and mousse flavoured by the cream liqueur.’
    • ‘For dessert I opted for the poached banana that came with a smoothie, mousse & ice cream.’
    • ‘The recipes are a great mixture of traditional country fruit and vegetables - pumpkin marmalade, rowan berry and apple jelly, blackberry mousse, lettuce and lovage soup.’
    • ‘Thai cooks also beat an egg into curried fish mousse, which is then steamed in banana leaves to the consistency of custard and called hor mok pla.’
    • ‘A dark chocolate and cappuccino mousse was delightful, smooth, neither too sweet nor too bitter, but its accompanying cinnamon ice cream did nothing for it.’
    • ‘It's a light coffee mousse over a dark, rich coffee gelatin with a bit of genoise sponge cake at the bottom.’
    • ‘Bavarois is a kind of dessert like mousse, but made typically with custard in addition to cream, therefore turns out thick and rich.’
    • ‘Dessert was no less original and delicious: he made a sort of light mousse with whole strawberries in it, served in individual ramekins and baked in the oven.’
    • ‘For the sweet potato mousse: In saucepan, combine milk and sweet potatoes and bring to a boil.’
  • 2in singular A mass of tiny bubbles that forms on the top of a glass of champagne or sparkling wine.

    ‘the Brut Réserve possesses a wonderful creamy mousse of small, compact bubbles’
    • ‘A wonderful mousse of tiny bubbles and a delicious appley nose are complemented by a fine undertone of honey.’
    • ‘Johann Kattus, Alte Reserve, Brut is a startlingly dry Viennese sparkling wine with a very fine persistent mousse.’
    • ‘Champagne and other sparkling wines were once drunk in a flat, saucer-like glass called a coupe, but this has been abandoned in favour of the tall flute which preserves the wine's mousse.’
    • ‘In the mouth the wine has a soft, slightly coarse mousse, with a papery quality, and flavors of quince paste, baked apples, and a yeastiness that surfaces in the finish.’
    • ‘This predominantly Pinot Noir based sparkling wine has a creamy mousse with a lingering almond finish.’
    • ‘This sparkling wine has a nice creamy mousse backed by juicy stone fruit notes, a genuine bargain to be sure.’
    • ‘The wine is pale gold in colour with a fine fresh mousse and crisp fruit flavours.’
  • 3A light, foamy preparation used for styling hair.

    ‘apply a dollop of volumizing mousse to the roots and work it in towards the ends of your hair’
    ‘experiment with different styling products such as mousses and gels’
    • ‘Achieve increased resilience and shape-holding power from setting lotions, mousses and hair sprays.’
    • ‘Apply volumizing mousse, then blow hair dry.’
    • ‘Do not blow-dry your hair after putting gel or mousse in it.’
    • ‘I hurriedly changed into a black fleece sweater and a knee-length jean skirt and put a generous amount of mousse in my hair to semi-smooth it.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, I scoured the store shelves to find the best brands that hair mousse has to offer.’
    • ‘When it comes to styling your hair, avoid using low-end hair products, such as cheap gel or mousse.’
    • ‘His black hair was slick with mousse, and spiky, and his jeans were huge, with chains crisscrossing them.’
    • ‘Yucca, quince seed, balsam and yarrow are often added to natural styling gels, mousse and hair sprays for their thickening and emulsifying qualities.’
    • ‘His sandy hair was swept back, typical guy style hair, probably loaded with hair mousse.’
    • ‘Be sure not to dye or perm it, and also not to spurt mousse on your hair.’
    • ‘I had scrunched my hair with mousse, which made it look darker and less blonde.’
    • ‘Whatever the hairstyle, whatever the desired look, we've got the gel, mousse and more to make every day a great hair day.’
    • ‘Comb your hair, then rub a handful of mousse into it, then comb again.’
    • ‘A can of hair mousse lay in the wash basin, with some of the contents squirted out in loops on the mirror.’
    • ‘It seems like just yesterday that there were only three styling products you could use to create the hairstyle of your dreams - gel, hairspray, and mousse.’
    • ‘Everyone's hair was equally stiff with hair spray, gel, or mousse.’
    • ‘This non-foam forming mousse will provide superior control without weighing your hair down.’
    • ‘He recommends applying a firm gel at the base and a light mousse on the ends to make hair manageable, without frying it.’
    • ‘Still, you might have to wash your wig more often if you use a lot of spray or mousse on it.’
    • ‘The shelf in the bathroom was littered with tins of hair spray, styling mousse, shampoo and conditioner, blobs of each of which had been splurted onto every available surface.’
    1. 3.1 A cosmetic or skincare product with a foamy consistency.
      ‘fragrant shower mousse’
      • ‘This gift includes body mousse, body lotion, bubble bath, soap, body spray & a natural body bath scrub brush.’
      • ‘This lightweight, creamy shower mousse softens and smooths the skin while you enjoy the refreshing and revitalising notes of the Eau Dynamisante fragrance.’
  • 4A brown frothy emulsion of oil and seawater formed by weathering of an oil slick.

    • ‘The recovered oil is unaffected by the conveyor belt system and does not mix the oil into a ‘chocolate mousse’.’
    • ‘Large lumps of oil or semi-solid oil/water mousse will tend to be physically lifted out of the water by the moving belt as shown at 15 in Fig. 5C.’

verb

[with object]
  • Style (hair) using mousse.

    • ‘He played with his moussed hair a second, then, satisfied, headed downstairs to wait for Susan's call to pick her up.’
    • ‘He wore a crisp white shirt and had his black hair neatly parted and moussed.’
    • ‘Instead, I would wear ripped jeans, mousse up my hair and ‘air guitar’ to Poison, White-snake and Mötley Crüe videos.’
    • ‘Dashing into a store in Las Vegas for a signing last summer, Dean joked to the crowd that he was late because he'd had to mousse his chestnut locks.’
    • ‘Her hair was moussed to within an inch of its life, and even the damp Maine breeze couldn't wet or move it.’
    • ‘Fields of pineapple plants look like the spiky moussed and twisted hair of a punk rocker.’
    • ‘With his baggy pants, red goatee, and moussed hair, Mike Hoffman looks more like a guy taking some time off after college than a 25-year-old combat veteran.’
    • ‘She was too busy moussing her hair up.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, ‘moss or froth’.

Pronunciation

mousse

/mo͞os//mus/