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caress (kəˈrɛs



  1. a gentle touch or embrace, esp one given to show affection



  1. (transitive) to touch or stroke gently with affection or as with affection   ⇒  ■ the wind caressed her face

Derived Forms

caˈresser  noun
caˈressingly  adverb

Word Origin

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


View thesaurus entry
= stroke, pat, kiss, embrace, hug, cuddle, fondling
= stroke, cuddle, fondle, pet, embrace, hug, nuzzle, neck (informal), kiss

Translations for 'caress'

  • British English: caress If you caress someone, you stroke them gently and affectionately. VERBHe was gently caressing her golden hair.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: acariciar
  • Chinese: 抚摸抚撫摸
  • European Spanish: acariciar
  • French: caresser
  • German: streicheln
  • Italian: accarezzare
  • Japanese: 優しくなでる
  • Korean: 쓰다듬다
  • Portuguese: acariciar
  • Spanish: acariciar

Example Sentences Including 'caress'

I leaned against the windowsill where the late afternoon sun could caress my back.
Anita Anderson SUMMER OF SECRETS (2003)
I wiped the stain off my forehead and went to work, ready to caress Boo Williams ' ego.
Preethi Nair GYPSY MASALA (2004)
She felt his lips brush against her forehead, heard his words, harsh in meaning, but spoken in a whispered caress.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich


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