ETYM French caresse, Italian carezza, Late Lat. caritia dearness, from Latin carus dear. Related to Charity.
(Irregular plural: caresses).
A gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it).
A close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace; SYN. nestle, snuggle.
1. A close affectionate and protective acceptance; SYN. bosom.
2. The act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection); SYN. embracing.
3. The state of taking in or encircling.
A tight embrace; SYN. clinch.