from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tender feeling; fondness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tender feeling; tenderness.


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  • 'Hale! did it ever strike you that Thornton and your daughter have what the French call a tendresse for each other?'

    North and South

  • He pretended to love her while seeking nothing other than the restoration of his traitorous family, whereas I … I confess, I was developing a tendresse for Elizabeth.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • How little these true barbarians know of the solicitous tendresse to which they are subject, or the colonial telegrams that have passed to and from the Gibraltar cable station, attesting to their contentment, or their decline.

    The ends of the earth

  • Galloway, who has a tendresse for any 'antiZionist' leader – how could we forget his face-to-face eulogising of the late Saddam Hussein?

    To Beeb or not to Beeb

  • The tendresse and the fragility of the two is so palpable it hurts.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • With Maureen and Jane it seemed improbable, but every now and then I caught myself wondering if the tempestuous Alessandra felt even a slight tendresse.

    Why Women Still Don't Get It

  • He needs to be cajoled from sleep, with coffee and tendresse, something she has joked with his mother about.

    'Playing with the Grown-ups'

  • But what Monsieur Corty wanted more than anything was a bit of tendresse.

    The Woman in the Fifth

  • I answered her as a Mezzano should do: Et je pronai votre tendresse, vos soins, et vos soupirs.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • "A tendresse, " I said, batting my eyelashes delicately at him over my fan.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes


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  • "'Did you have a crush on her when you were little, Da?' Brianna asked, laughing.

    'A what?'

    'A tendresse,' I said, batting my eyelashes delicately at him over my fan."

    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 462

    February 1, 2010

  • Tenderness

    June 2, 2008