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Etymology edit

From Latin ōsculātus (kiss), from ōs + -culus (“little mouth”). Doublet of oscillate.

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Verb edit

osculate (third-person singular simple present osculates, present participle osculating, simple past and past participle osculated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To kiss.
    • 2001, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections:
      And in the Olmsted Hotel in Cleveland he surprised a porter and a maid lasciviously osculating in a stairwell.
  2. (mathematics) To touch so as to have the same tangent and curvature at the point of contact.
  3. (intransitive) To make contact.
  4. (Vedic arithmetic) To perform osculation.
  5. To form a connecting link between two genera.

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Adjective edit

osculate (not comparable)

  1. Relating to kissing.

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Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. inflection of osculare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2 edit

Participle edit

osculate f pl

  1. feminine plural of osculato

Latin edit

Participle edit


  1. vocative masculine singular of ōsculātus