- an act or gesture expressing affection, as an embrace or kiss, especially a light stroking or touching.
- to touch or pat gently to show affection.
- to touch, stroke, etc., lightly, as if in affection: The breeze caressed the trees.
- to treat with favor, kindness, etc.
Origin of caress
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Examples from the Web for caress
But they looked really into each other—they held hands and kissed, and I saw Chris caress her cheek.Why Did Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Split Six Days After Closing On A $14M Mansion?
March 26, 2014
Free traders get up and fetch the bottle of scotch so that they can at least caress the neck.Debate Liveblogging
October 17, 2012
He lets her stare deep into his eyes, clasp his hands for meaningful conversation, caress his face, and even lean in for a kiss.John McCain & More Politicos’ Comedy Sitcom Cameo Wins & Fails (VIDEO)
September 21, 2012
Get your hands in there again, making sure to caress the chicken and get it covered up in those juices.How to Cook 'Ghetto Gourmet'
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2009
I will go out of my way to caress one who shows any desire to be friendly.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
He would have taken her in his arms again, but she evaded the caress.Within the Law
Men in his condition were apt to be as quick with a blow as with a caress.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A word of consolation, a caress, even from her mother, would have distressed her.The Dream
It had been so long since such a touch had thrilled him, so long since any caress had been given him.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection
- (tr) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affectionthe wind caressed her face
Word Origin and History for caress
1640s, "show of endearment, display of regard," from French caresse (16c.), back-formation from caresser or else from Italian carezza "endearment," from caro "dear," from Latin carus "dear, costly, beloved" (see whore (n.)). Meaning "affectionate stroke" attested in English from 1650s.
1650s, from French caresser, from Italian carezzare "to cherish," from carezza "endearment" (see caress (n.)). Related: Caressed; caressing.