American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gentle touch or gesture of fondness, tenderness, or love.
- v. To touch or stroke in an affectionate or loving manner.
- v. To touch or move as if with a caress: soft music that caressed the ears.
- v. To treat fondly, kindly, or favorably; cherish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An act of endearment; an expression of affection by touch, as by stroking or patting with the hand: as, “conjugal caresses,”
- To bestow caresses upon; fondle.
- Hence— To treat with fondness, affection, or kindness.
- n. An act or expression of affection; Endearment.
- n. A gentle stroking or rubbing.
- v. transitive To touch or kiss lovingly; to fondle.
- v. transitive To show and act on deep closeness shared with another person.
- v. transitive To affect as if with a caress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.
- v. To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle.
- n. a gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)
- v. touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
- From French caresse, from Italian carezza ("dear"), from Latin cārus ("dear"), from Proto-Indo-European *kāro- (English whore), akin to Sanskrit काम (kāma, "love"). (Wiktionary)
- French caresse, from Italian carezza, from caro, dear, from Latin cārus; see kā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed, the touching touch of the caress is touching (without touching) on the untouchable as inviolable, and the one stroking is always masculine and the stroked one (the untouchable) feminine”
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“She went back, and with her hand upon his shoulder, leaned against him; and he put his arm around her, and drew her close, very close; and in the caress was the promise she asked.”
“He lowered the gas, and as we walked out of the library laid his arm on my shoulder in a tender way, that I have never forgotten -- for a caress was a novelty from him.”
“He unclasped her arms from his neck -- their caress was a torture to him.”
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“We have to kind of caress each person the right way.”
“Meanwhile, Maggie's stable companion cranes his beautiful neck over the side of the box, and begs for the caress which is not denied him.”
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