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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caressverb

    a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)

    "he showered her with caresses"; "soft music was a fond caress"; "the caresses of the breeze played over his face"

  2. caress, fondleverb

    touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner

    "He caressed her face"; "They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"


  1. caressnoun

    An act or expression of affection; Endearment.

  2. caressnoun

    A gentle stroking or rubbing.

  3. caressverb

    To touch or kiss lovingly; to fondle.

    She loves being caressed by her boyfriend.

  4. caressverb

    To show and act on deep closeness shared with another person.

  5. caressverb

    To affect as if with a caress.

  6. Etymology: From caresse, from carezza, from carus, from kāro- (English whore), akin to काम.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Caressnoun

    An act of endearment; an expression of tenderness.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He, she knew, would intermix
    Grateful digressions, and solve high dispute
    With conjugal caresses. Paradise Lost, b. viii. l. 54.

    There are some men who seem to have brutal minds wrapt up in human shapes; their very caresses are crude and importune. Roger L'Estrange.

    After his successour had publickly owned himself a Roman catholick, he began with his first caresses to the church party. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To CARESSverb

    To endear; to fondle; to treat with kindness.

    Etymology: caresser, Fr. from carus, Lat.

    If I can feast, and please, and caress my mind with the pleasures of worthy speculations, or virtuous practices, let greatness and malice vex and abridge me, if they can. South.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caressnoun

    an act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness

  2. Caressnoun

    to treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle

  3. Etymology: [F. caresse, It. carezza, LL. caritia dearness, fr. L. carus dear. See Charity.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caress

    ka-res′, v.t. to treat with affection: to fondle: to embrace.—n. any act or expression of affection. [Fr. caresser—It. carezza, an endearment; Low L. caritia—L. carus, dear.]

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Anagrams for caress »

  1. crases

  2. sacres

  3. scares

  4. seracs

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caress in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of caress in a Sentence

  1. Jimmy Dickens:

    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose; May an elephant caress you with its toes; May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose; May the bird of paradise fly up your nose.

  2. Behnaz Farahi:

    Caress of the Gaze refers to the 'haptic' quality of our gaze. It's taking something from invisible to visible, the idea for this project was really to create a garment that becomes an extension of our actual skin.

  3. Stuti Garg:

    Sometimes we want to get away from the busy and hectic city life to find solace in the raging waves of the ocean pounding on the rocks or the turbulent splashing of a bubbling waterfall. At other times we are amazed by the immovable silence of a mountain or the gentle caress of a river overjoyed tat its union with the sea. The topography of a region speaks to each one of us--a secret language that people from all facets of life understand and relate to.

  4. André Gide:

    Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.

  5. Laurence Hope:

    For this is Wisdom to love, to live To take what fate, or the Gods may give. To ask no question, to make no prayer, To kiss the lips and caress the hair, Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow To have, - to hold - and - in time, - let go

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