a : expressing praise or admiration : expressing or containing a compliment <a complimentary remark>
b : favorable <the novel received complimentary reviews>
Examples of COMPLIMENTARY
- She made complimentary remarks about his work.
- They handed out complimentary brochures.
- The restaurant offers valet parking as a complimentary service.
- Furtado is as complimentary about Elliott's manicure … as she is about Elliott's business acumen. —David A. Keeps, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2001
- In the bar that evening I at last had the Holiday Inn's complimentary drink, “Tropical Aura.” —V. S. Naipaul, Among the Believers, 1981
- 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
Origin of COMPLIMENTARY
First Known Use: 1714
Related to COMPLIMENTARY
- admiring, applauding, appreciative, approbatory, approving, commendatory, favorable, friendly, good, positive
- adverse, depreciative, depreciatory, derogatory, disapproving, inappreciative, negative, unappreciative, uncomplimentary, unfavorable, unflattering, unfriendly
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