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caress

verb ca·ress \ kə-ˈres \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of caress

transitive verb
1 : to treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness : cherish
  • the regiment was fed and caressed at station after station
  • —Stephen Crane
2 a : to touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
  • She caressed the baby's cheek.
b : to touch or affect as if with a caress
  • echoes that caress the ear

caresser

noun

caressingly

play \kə-ˈre-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of caress in a Sentence

  1. She caressed the baby's cheek.

  2. A warm breeze caressed her face.

Recent Examples of caress from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of caress

French caresser, from Italian carezzare, from carezza — see 2caress


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caress

noun

Definition of caress

1 : an act or expression of kindness or affection : endearment
  • when the gifts and caresses of mankind shall recompense the toils of study
  • —Samuel Johnson
2 a : a light stroking, rubbing, or patting
  • a gentle caress of her shoulder
b : kiss
  • She gave him a parting caress.

caressive

play \-ˈre-siv\ adjective

caressively

adverb

Examples of caress in a Sentence

  1. She gave the baby's cheek a gentle caress.

Recent Examples of caress from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'caress.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of caress

French caresse, from Italian carezza, from caro dear, from Latin carus — more at charity


CARESS Defined for English Language Learners

caress

verb

Definition of caress for English Language Learners

  • : to touch (someone or something) in a gentle way


caress

noun

Definition of caress for English Language Learners

  • : a gentle or loving touch


CARESS Defined for Kids

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caress

noun ca·ress \ kə-ˈres \

Definition of caress for Students

: a tender or loving touch or hug

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caress

verb

Definition of caress for Students

caressed; caressing
: to touch in a tender or loving way


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