Definition of affectionate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈfekʃənət//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈfekʃənət//
Friendly, Romance, Love
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showing caring feelings and love for somebody synonym loving He is very affectionate towards his children. an affectionate kiss See related entries: Friendly, Romance, Love Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘disposed, inclined towards’): from French affectionné ‘beloved’ or medieval Latin affectionatus ‘devoted’, from affectio(n-), from afficere ‘to influence’, from ad- ‘at, to’ + facere ‘do’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: affectionate