What is the difference between beard and mustache?

beard | mustache |

Beard is a see also of mustache.

Mustache is a see also of beard.

As nouns the difference between beard and mustache

is that beard is facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw while mustache is a growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.

As a verb beard

is (obsolete) to grow hair on the chin and jaw.




(en noun)
  • Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.
  • The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds.
  • The appendages to the jaw in some cetaceans, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes.
  • The byssus of certain shellfish.
  • The gills of some bivalves, such as the oyster.
  • In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies.
  • (botany) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn.
  • the beard of grain
  • A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
  • That part of the underside of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
  • (printing, dated) That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
  • (LGBT, slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.
  • Derived terms

    * bearded

    See also

    * (wikipedia) * goatee * hair * moustache, mustache * pogonophobia * sideburns, sideboards * whiskers * awn


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To grow hair on the chin and jaw.
  • To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded.
  • Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the Sheriff of Nottingham.
  • * Macaulay
  • No admiral, bearded by three corrupt and dissolute minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter something about a court martial.
  • * Barnaby , December 6, 1943
  • We need all our operatives to insure the success of my plan to beard this Claus in his den...
  • * Ross Macdonald, The Chill , 1963, pg.92, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • . . . I bearded the judge in his chambers and told him that it shouldn't be allowed.
  • To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
  • To deprive (an oyster or similar shellfish) of the gills.
  • Derived terms

    * beard the lion, beard the lion in his den





    Alternative forms

    * (Commonwealth English ) moustache


    (en noun)
  • A growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.
  • *
  • *:“My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache . “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  • Derived terms

    * Charlie Chaplin mustache * Fu Manchu mustache * handlebar mustache * Hitler mustache * molestache * mustache ride * stache, 'stache * tache, 'tache * toothbrush mustache

    See also

    * beard * sideburn, sideboard * whisker