Definition of caress in English:

caress

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Touch or stroke gently or lovingly.

    ‘she caressed the girl's forehead’
    figurative ‘a gentle breeze caressed his skin’
    ‘his caressing touch’
    • ‘Birds were chirping happily as the bright rays of the sun touched and caressed her skin.’
    • ‘The warmth of the sun caressed Alicia's skin as she briefly turned her face skywards.’
    • ‘He soundlessly walked over to her bed and kneeled down, gently caressing her cheek.’
    • ‘You feel the breeze coming from the window, gently caressing your face.’
    • ‘She caressed the ceramic sides lovingly, remembering the weeks she had spent making it.’
    • ‘It was very quiet as the wind picked up through the trees, caressing our faces ever so gently.’
    • ‘I stroked my violin tenderly; caressing the wood like a mother would an infant.’
    • ‘His tone was joking as he rested his arm around her shoulder and gently caressed her arm.’
    • ‘The forest closes in, branches caressing windows at every swing and turn.’
    • ‘I would get up early in the morning and sit on the steps, gazing at the sea, the wind roughly caressing my face.’
    • ‘He smiled at me and pulled me to him, stroking my hair and caressing my face.’
    • ‘As he passed her, he caressed her cheek with the palm of his hand and gently gave her a chaste kiss on the cheek.’
    • ‘I swallowed, feeling the fiery blush that had crept to my cheeks, one of which still had his fingers gently caressing the skin.’
    • ‘When he finally reached it he touched its snow white feathers and caressed it gently.’
    • ‘She slid her left hand behind his neck and gently caressed his cheek with her right hand.’
    • ‘She was dressed in pale pink silk, her gown gently caressing the floor and her head adorned with a dainty, bejewelled crown.’
    • ‘He gently took her hand in his and began softly caressing her it with his own.’
    • ‘She placed one hand on his cheek, gently caressing it with her warm hand.’
    • ‘Kat felt Noah's hand rest onto her face as he caressed her cheek gently with his thumb.’
    • ‘He kissed her softly and placed a hand gently upon her cheek, caressing it with his thumb.’
    stroke, touch, fondle, brush, skim, pet, pat, nuzzle, kiss
    cuddle, embrace, hug
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noun

  • A gentle or loving touch.

    • ‘One moment Arto sings samba gentle as a nostalgic caress, the next his guitar is like flint grinding on flint.’
    • ‘‘Don't ever do that again,’ he said quietly, his words gentle caresses against her ear as he bent down to reach her face.’
    • ‘She ran her hand gently down his cheek, a loving caress as she gazed at him.’
    • ‘Could this be love radiating from our simple touches, our simple caresses and words.’
    • ‘With a caress far more gentle than any silk, he touched her tiny lips with his fingers after he lay her back down in the crib.’
    • ‘The love between Smith and Pocahontas unfolds in rambling, repetitive scenes of the couple in romantic strolls through the woods, exchanging deep, meaningful glances and gentle caresses.’
    • ‘A soft sound, maybe a laugh, then fingers touched the nape of my neck in a gentle caress.’
    • ‘In his dream he had felt her gentle caresses and soft, sweet kisses.’
    • ‘And so, he simply guarded Grace, offering gentle caresses against her cheek or hand as the night slowly turned to morning.’
    • ‘For the first time in months I was cold, the gentle caress of the breeze put a smile on my face for the first time in days.’
    • ‘From sitar-like caresses to a sonic storm whirlwind, his unique style has inspired many other performers.’
    • ‘He ran his hand over her hair, in a gentle caress, while he held her.’
    • ‘She turned back to face him, as she felt his hand on her shoulder, his touch as light as the gentle caress of a flower.’
    stroke, stroking, touch, touching, fondle, fondling, skim, pat, nuzzle, nuzzling, kiss
    cuddle, embrace, hug
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from French caresser (verb), caresse (noun), from Italian carezza, based on Latin carus dear.

Pronunciation:

caress

/kəˈres/