com·​pli·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce complimentary (audio) \

Definition of complimentary

1a : expressing praise or admiration : expressing or containing a compliment a complimentary remark
b : favorable the novel received complimentary reviews
2 : given free as a courtesy or favor complimentary tickets

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Other Words from complimentary

complimentarily \ ˌkäm-​plə-​ˈmen-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce complimentary (audio) , -​(ˌ)men-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce complimentary (audio) \ adverb

Examples of complimentary in a Sentence

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 She made complimentary remarks about his work. They handed out complimentary brochures. The restaurant offers valet parking as a complimentary service.
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Recent Examples on the Web Card members get complimentary access to AmEx's ultra-swanky, exclusive Centurion Lounges. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 May 2021 Some complimentary access was still granted to worthy community groups like youth hockey teams and Boys and Girls Clubs. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 To get the complimentary tickets, military veterans and retirees must register at www. Dewayne Bevil,, 28 Apr. 2021 For complimentary access, workers must present a work badge, ID, business card, or pay stub at the museum’s visitor services desk upon check-in. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2021 Members of the Lions Membership, which launches in May, will be given complimentary access to Cannes Lions Live. Georgia Slater,, 7 Apr. 2021 Plus, all customers in private rooms receive complimentary lounge access at major stations, as well as priority boarding. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2021 The Delta Reserve card grants complimentary access to Delta’s global network of Sky Club lounges, as well as American Express’ growing network of Centurion Lounges. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, 24 Mar. 2021 All ticket-holders will receive complimentary access to ART San Diego Contemporary Art Fair on Oct. 1-3 ($15 value). San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of complimentary

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for complimentary

see compliment entry 1

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The first known use of complimentary was in 1714

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5 Jun 2021

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“Complimentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of complimentary

: expressing praise or admiration for someone or something
: given for free


com·​pli·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce complimentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē \

Kids Definition of complimentary

1 : expressing or containing praise, approval, respect, or admiration complimentary remarks
2 : given free as a courtesy or favor complimentary tickets


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