verb (used with object)
Origin of caress
Examples from the Web for caresses
For a majority of the music video, Gaga rocks a leather-glove bandeau that at points moves and caresses her breasts.
He described opium as “an old and terrible lover and, like all lovers, overflowing with caresses—and betrayals.”
The three live above a blind poet (Richard E. Grant), who cries as he caresses the books he could once see.
I held her lifeless body clasped in my arms, as if I hoped by my caresses to recall her to life; but, alas!Adventures in the Philippine Islands|Paul P. de La Gironire
His caresses have sufficed for my tranquillity—for my sad happiness!
The Blue Bird flew to the window-sill, and they lavished on one another a hundred caresses, and talked together till dawn.The Fairy Book|Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
It is marvellous how the vivid light of day flatters your beauty, loves you, and caresses the mother-of-pearl on your cheeks.The Red Lily, Complete|Anatole France
I went out into the country, and the children's caresses restored to me something of serenity and calm.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
Word Origin for caress
1650s, from French caresser, from Italian carezzare "to cherish," from carezza "endearment" (see caress (n.)). Related: Caressed; caressing.
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.