Caress definition

kə-rĕs
To touch or stroke lovingly or gently.
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A gentle or affectionate touch.
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To affect as if with a caress.
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A gentle touch or gesture of fondness, tenderness, or love.
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To touch or stroke in an affectionate or loving manner.
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To touch or move as if with a caress.

Soft music that caressed the ears.

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To caress is to stroke gently and lovingly.

When you gently stroke someones cheek, this is an example of a caress.

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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.

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An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.
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A gentle stroking or rubbing.
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To touch or kiss lovingly; to fondle.

She loves being caressed by her boyfriend.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
caress
Plural:
caresses

Origin of caress

  • French caresse from Italian carezza from caro dear from Latin cārus kā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French caresse, from Italian carezza (“dear”), from Latin cārus (“dear”), from Proto-Indo-European *kāro- (English whore), akin to Sanskrit काम (kāma, “love”).

    From Wiktionary