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

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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complimentarily \ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē \ 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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For guests over the age of 21, complimentary champagne and mimosas are included. Lauren Delgado,, "Hop to Easter dining reservations," 21 Mar. 2018 This Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, several metro Atlanta restaurants will show guests some love with a bevy of decadent dishes, desserts like red velvet cake and complimentary champagne for ladies., "5 places to eat cheap on Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta," 26 Jan. 2018 His son was, as Mr. Claeys relates it, a so-so student (other accounts are more complimentary). Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Marx and Marxism’ and ‘A World to Win’ Review: Better Dead Than Read," 5 July 2018 Location The hotel sits alongside a seafront road a 15-minute walk or a quick bike ride away from the ancient harbor of Trogir town, a Unesco World Heritage Site (bikes are complimentary). Anja Mutic, New York Times, "On Croatia’s Coast, Stunning Pools and a Mediterranean Mood," 5 May 2018 All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in. azcentral, "Arizona Storytellers: Away We Go," 16 Mar. 2018 And each meal comes with complimentary, and unlimited, bowls of panchan, small side dishes and appetizers like pickles or spicy kimchi. Todd A. Price,, "Gin Korean BBQ fires up in Fat City: Opening Alert," 14 Nov. 2017 Customers receive a complimentary hot towel, shampoo, shoe shine and a beverage. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 2018 While many comments were supportive and complimentary, Yahoo Lifestyle noticed that some users began criticizing the singer for letting her child have a sun tan. Emily Wang, Allure, "People Are Mom-Shaming Jessie James Decker for Letting Her Daughter Get a Sun Tan," 2 July 2018

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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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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, -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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