[ kuh-res ]
/ kəˈrɛs /


an act or gesture expressing affection, as an embrace or kiss, especially a light stroking or touching.

verb (used with object)

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

1605–15; < French caresse < Italian carezza < Vulgar Latin *caritia, equivalent to Latin cār(us) dear + -itia suffix of abstract nouns; cf. charity


1 pat, fondling, hug.

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Examples from the Web for caressable

  • Old North seemed solemn and dignified, but somehow more gentle and caressable than formerly.

    Princeton Stories|Jesse Lynch Williams

British Dictionary definitions for caressable


/ (kəˈrɛs) /


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

Derived Forms

caresser, nouncaressingly, adverb

Word Origin for caress

C17: from French caresse, from Italian carezza, from Latin cārus dear
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