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caress Syllabification: ca·ress
Pronunciation: /kəˈres/

Definition of caress in English:


[with object]
Touch or stroke gently or lovingly: she caressed the girl’s forehead figurative a gentle breeze caressed his skin (as adjective caressing) his caressing touch
More example sentences
  • When he finally reached it he touched its snow white feathers and caressed it gently.
  • She was dressed in pale pink silk, her gown gently caressing the floor and her head adorned with a dainty, bejewelled crown.
  • He smiled at me and pulled me to him, stroking my hair and caressing my face.


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A gentle or loving touch.
Example sentences
  • With a caress far more gentle than any silk, he touched her tiny lips with his fingers after he lay her back down in the crib.
  • She turned back to face him, as she felt his hand on her shoulder, his touch as light as the gentle caress of a flower.
  • A soft sound, maybe a laugh, then fingers touched the nape of my neck in a gentle caress.


Example sentences
  • He ran his fingers caressingly over his hair again.
  • The serviceable yet soft material fell over her skin caressingly.
  • I watch as he slides one hand vertically along the desk - slowly, caressingly.


Mid 17th century: from French caresser (verb), caresse (noun), from Italian carezza, based on Latin carus 'dear'.

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