A kiss is the act of pressing one's lips against the lips or other body parts of another person or of an object. Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. Depending on the culture and context, a kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship and good luck, among many others. In some situations a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect or greeting, as in the case of spouses kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony or national leaders kissing each other in greeting, and in many other situations.

Depending on the culture, relationship and context, a person may kiss another on their lips, cheek, head, hand and each of these gestures may carry a different social significance. The word came from Old English cyssan (“to kiss”), in turn from coss (“a kiss”).

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Famous quotes containing the word kiss:

    I dare not ask a kiss,
    I dare not beg a smile,
    Lest having that, or this,
    I might grow proud the while.

    No, no, the utmost share
    Of my desire shall be
    Only to kiss that air
    That lately kissed thee.
    Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

    you see, we live in a cold climate
    and are not permitted to kiss on the street
    so I made up a song that wasn’t true.
    I made up a song called Marriage.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    One seems to believe almost all that they believe; and when they stop short and call it a Religion, and you pass on, and call it only a reminiscence of one, should you not part with the kiss of peace?
    Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)