• WordNet 3.6
    • v caress touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner "He caressed her face","They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"
    • n caress 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caress kȧ*rĕs" An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness. "Wooed her with his soft caresses .""He exerted himself to win by indulgence and caresses the hearts of all who were under his command."
    • v. t Caress To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle. "The lady caresses the rough bloodhound."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caress An act of endearment; an expression of affection by touch, as by stroking or patting with the hand: as, “conjugal caresses,”
    • caress To bestow caresses upon; fondle.
    • caress Hence— To treat with fondness, affection, or kindness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Caress ka-res′ to treat with affection: to fondle: to embrace
    • n Caress any act or expression of affection
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  • Leonard Cohen
    “In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caresse, It. carezza, LL. caritia, dearness, fr. L. carus, dear. See Charity


In literature:

The least touch of his eyes was a caress.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
He places the helmet on the ground, and then caresses his child.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
That boy gets more than his share of privileges; he dares caress and is caressed.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Dorothy Ann sighed, gently caressing the black bag which dangled upon her slender arm.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
There were brushes, whose stroke caressed gently and purringly the Hapsburg whisker.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The little boy was disturbed by the kisses and caresses of his new friend.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Sally knew she could always deal with Gaga; but she did not want a profusion of excited caresses from him.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Her freshness, her youth, her beauty, her soft young body with which she had seduced the man, which he had caressed!
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Mrs. Luttrell's face softened curiously as she did so; she laid one of her hands upon Angela's shining hair with a caressing movement.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
He was very pitiful of her in her wrought-up state, and he soothed her with tender caresses.
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi

In poetry:

But sadder is my fate,
Who, when the night is late,
See thee in love come nigh,
At my caress to die!
"The Flame" by Charles Hanson Towne
Soon thou leavest fairy-land;
Darker grow thy tresses;
Soon no more of hand in hand;
Soon no more caresses !
"Ad Domnulam Suam" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Dainty feet with dimpled toes,
Little hands caressing;
Gurgling laugh and lisping tongue
Helplessness confessing.
"Beatrice" by Ella Fraser Weller
Why now, with your tear-dimmed vision,
So softly do you press
Upon the wrinkled forehead
Your lips in sad caress?
"Old Aunt Lucy" by Madge Morris Wagner
Earth fine to handle;
The touch of clouds,
When the imagining arm leaps out to caress
Grey worsted or wool clouds.
"Common Things" by Ivor Gurney
Thou from Labour's sons dost earn
Many a heart-felt blessing;
And receiv'st from them in turn
Welcome and caressing.
"A Parody On "The Wayside Well"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Rush The Necromancer (excerpt) Caress of Steel.
Caressing the keys is all in a day's work.
John Lennon's Artistic Message Will Possess, Caress Vineyard.
If you've ever longed to feel your own gentle caress, long no more.
In addition to sweetly caressed guitars and tickled keys, the youthful coed quintet employs one Jamie W to keep time by tap dancing.
The first time I caressed black skin, it felt like a luxury I shouldn't be able to afford.
Casper Smart Caresses Jennifer Lopez's Famous Booty in "Dance Again".
You can study the reviews, the catalogs, and the images yet when the box arises you have to caress the cover, admire the font, and revel in your ability to choose the perfect title.
She giggled and grinned as she caressed it, the prettiest thing the 17-year-old boxer ever had.
The first ad features Skarsagrd caressing model Lara Stone's lips.
If you happen to be in Waikiki, stroll into the Waikiki Parc lobby and you'll see the result of UH ceramics student Dustin Miyakawa's kneading and shaping, firing and caressing.
was a comeback album for the Canadian rock band, after 'Caress of Steel' flopped.
Then comes Gill 's guitar, which works its way around the song like the soft touch of fingertips caressing the small of your back.
Freida Pinto to Be Caressed by Schnabel's Lens.
New drool-, caress-, or frame-worthy Tangram chapbook.