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complimentary

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adjective com·pli·men·ta·ry \ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of complimentary

  • : expressing praise or admiration for someone or something

  • : given for free

Full Definition of complimentary

  1. 1 a :  expressing praise or admiration :  expressing or containing a compliment <a complimentary remark> b :  favorable <the novel received complimentary reviews>

  2. 2 :  given free as a courtesy or favor <complimentary tickets>

com·pli·men·ta·ri·ly play \-ˈmen-t(ə-)rə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of complimentary

  1. Furtado is as complimentary about Elliott's manicure … as she is about Elliott's business acumen. —David A. Keeps, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2001

  2. In the bar that evening I at last had the Holiday Inn's complimentary drink, “Tropical Aura.” —V. S. Naipaul, Among the Believers, 1981

  3. Wilbur had been feeling dizzier and dizzier through this long, complimentary speech. When he heard the crowd begin to cheer and clap again, he suddenly fainted away. —E. B. White, Charlotte's Web, 1952

  4. She made complimentary remarks about his work.

  5. They handed out complimentary brochures.

  6. The restaurant offers valet parking as a complimentary service.



Origin of complimentary

(see 1compliment)


First Known Use: 1714



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