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Tuesday, June 8

Osculate

[AHS-kyoo-leyt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, mid 17th century

1.

(formal or humorous) kiss.

Examples of Osculate in a sentence

"The ocean and sky were so blue that it was difficult to discern where they osculated on the horizon."

"Many cultures greet each other by osculating their companions’ cheeks."

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About Osculate

This word originated from the Latin word “osculat” (kissed), which was derived from the verb “osculari” and the word “osculum” (little mouth or kiss).

Did you Know?

While a romantic kiss between the happily married couple is often considered the highlight of a wedding ceremony, Ancient Romans viewed the practice very differently. Ancient Roman couples would osculate as a symbol of their mutual agreement to the marriage. Since literacy was not as widespread during this time, historians speculate that this was a way of sealing an agreement — and that this action is likely what led to the development of the phrase “sealed with a kiss.”

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