A woman caressing her cat.
- The definition of a caress is a soft, gentle and loving touch.
When a mother strokes her babies cheek, this is an example of a caress.
- To caress is to stroke gently and lovingly.
When you gently stroke someones cheek, this is an example of a caress.
Origin of caressFrench caresser ; from Italian carezzare; ultimately ; from Classical Latin carus, dear: see charity
transitive verbca·ressed, ca·ress·ing, ca·ress·es
- To touch or stroke in an affectionate or loving manner.
- To touch or move as if with a caress: soft music that caressed the ears.
Origin of caressFrench caresse, from Italian carezza, from caro, dear, from Latin carus; see ka- in Indo-European roots.
- An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.
- A gentle stroking or rubbing.
(third-person singular simple present caresses, present participle caressing, simple past and past participle caressed)