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caress (kəˈrɛs Pronunciation for caress



  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

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'

'Arsenal don't so much pass the ball as caress it ', drooled Motty.
Spiked (2004)
A warm caress , God made it so that they'd be embracing for eternity," the letter said.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
He will not hear his wife call his name, nor ever again know the sound of the sea or the caress of the piano keys.
Irish Times (2002)
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
The baby will try to follow a soft touch or caress , it will try to evade a sudden or harsh touch.
de Jong, Eveline Alternative Health Care for Children
The jazz trumpet sounds, then a bass-baritone starts its caress.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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