\ ˈkis How to pronounce kiss (audio) \
kissed; kissing; kisses

Definition of kiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to touch with the lips especially as a mark of affection or greeting kissed his wife goodbye
2 : to touch gently or lightly wind gently kissing the trees

intransitive verb

1 : to salute or caress one another with the lips
2 : to come in gentle contact
kiss ass
vulgar : to act obsequiously especially to gain favor
kiss goodbye
1 : leave
2 : to resign oneself to the loss of
kiss one's ass
vulgar : to act obsequiously toward one especially to gain favor
kiss up to
: to curry favor with



Definition of kiss (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a caress with the lips a range of kisses from a passionate embrace to a friendly peck
2 : a gentle touch or contact
3a : a small drop cookie made of meringue
b : a bite-size piece of candy often wrapped in paper or foil
4 : an expression of affection sent him kisses in her letter

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Other Words from kiss


kissable \ ˈki-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce kiss (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for kiss

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of kiss in a Sentence

Verb They kissed each other passionately. She kissed him good night. I'll never forget the night we first kissed. When he got off the plane he knelt down and kissed the ground. The tree's branches kissed the ground below. Noun He gave her a kiss on the cheek. She greeted him with a hug and a kiss.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Karen planted soft kisses on Laura's ears and the back of her neck while Karl kissed her shoulders, then continued toward her clavicle. Davy Rothbart, GQ, "Inside the Clothing-Optional Resort of Your Swinging Dreams," 18 July 2017 Busch and his team would love to pose for more pictures kissing the bricks at IMS following Sunday’s race. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know ahead of Brickyard 400 at IMS," 17 July 2017 Then, within days of the debate, multiple women came forward to accuse Trump of having groped or kissed them without their consent. Joshua Green, Daily Intelligencer, "Steve Bannon Is Out of Trump’s Doghouse and Leading the Charge Against Mueller," 9 July 2017 The trainer turns and kisses one of the man-eaters on the nose. Holly Millea, Smithsonian, "Step Right Up! See the Reinvention of the Great American Circus!," 29 June 2017 His wife walked up to the stage, hugged and kissed him. Maxine Bernstein,, "Portland police officer, paralyzed from waist down, stands for promotion to sergeant," 6 July 2017 In another Instagram, Chyna is kissing a man who is not Rob. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Rob Kardashian Posts Graphic Photos of Blac Chyna to Instagram," 5 July 2017 Read as a mama kangaroo hops her joey off to bed, while baby bats wake up to play, and a human Mama kisses her baby goodnight. South Florida Parenting, "Summer reading: Books to keep kids learning," 3 July 2017 With the last one gone, Taba kisses the empty floor. Holly Millea, Smithsonian, "Step Right Up! See the Reinvention of the Great American Circus!," 29 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cavallari has been romantically linked to comedian Jeff Dye since October, when they were spotted out sharing a kiss at a bar in Chicago. Gabrielle Chung,, "Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler Pose Together in Instagram Photo amid Divorce: 'Can't Break That'," 22 Jan. 2021 Social media users have also spotted a cute heart-and-kiss motif cold-brew cup that incorporates just as much glitter as Starbucks' outgoing Christmas collection did. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Starbucks' Valentine's Day Cups Are Perfectly Matte and Can Even Change Colors," 18 Jan. 2021 Dating rumors involving the two first began to circulate after Watson was photographed with Robinton last October, also in London, sharing a kiss during another date, this one at Gail's Bakery in Notting Hill. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Watson and Her Boyfriend, Leo Robinton, Stepped Out for a Rare Public Appearance in London," 19 Nov. 2020 While there, Hollywood Fix caught them sharing a kiss in the back alley after the meal. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Addison Rae and Bryce Hall Were Seen Kissing While Celebrating Halloween Together," 2 Nov. 2020 The pair announced their engagement on Tuesday after five years together with a photo of them sharing a kiss while the future bride showed off her sparkly new accessory. Rosy Cordero,, "It's bananas! Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are engaged," 27 Oct. 2020 This is a classic Bachelor move: take your date to hear live music, dance in front of the audience, feel like the only two people in the world, kiss, etc. Natalie Morin,, "Victoria Fuller Tells The Full Story Behind That Bachelor Chase Rice Date," 10 Sep. 2020 His friend, Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, famously rewarded him with a kiss -- one of the first gay kisses to air on mainstream news. CBS News, "Lives to remember: Those we've lost to coronavirus," 24 July 2020 Lucile got on the bed and belly crawled up to her and gave her a kiss, laid across her chest. Emily Woodruff,, "No more baby cuddlers, pet visits at hospitals: 'We used to have volunteers to do that'," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of kiss


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kiss


Middle English, from Old English cyssan; akin to Old High German kussen to kiss

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The first known use of kiss was before the 12th century

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“Kiss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to touch (someone) with your lips as a greeting or as a way of showing love or sexual attraction
: to touch (something) with your lips
: to touch (something) gently or lightly



English Language Learners Definition of kiss (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of kissing someone or something


\ ˈkis How to pronounce kiss (audio) \
kissed; kissing

Kids Definition of kiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to touch with the lips as a mark of love or greeting
2 : to touch gently or lightly Wind kissed the trees.



Kids Definition of kiss (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loving touch with the lips
2 : a gentle touch or contact We felt the sun's kiss.

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