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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Recent Examples on the Web

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 Some museums may offer complimentary admission to their permanent collections only and charge admission to special exhibitions, attractions, films, showings and events. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Museums offers family-friendly activities this summer," 27 June 2018 Northgate Addison Apartments also provides complimentary bicycle storage, keyless entry, onsite management and maintenance, and online rent pay. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "Renovated Addison apartments offer special draw: one-bedrooms topping 1,000 square feet," 24 May 2018 The bar later offered 24-year-old Thomas Reddington, who was hit by the bullet in the leg, complimentary drinks for life. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Dancing FBI agent who shot man after backflip at Denver bar gets his gun back," 10 July 2018 Handy works as a complimentary smartphone rental service. Nicola Shannon, The Seattle Times, "SoftBank invests in ‘handy Japan’ hotel technology service," 2 July 2018 Grand Park will also be offering free parking off campus with a complimentary shuttle service. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Here’s how to get free Colts training camp tickets," 14 June 2018 All fathers who dine in on Sunday at this Brazilian steakhouse will receive a dining card for a complimentary Full Churrasco lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch on his next visit (redeemable June 18-August 30). Madison Roberts,, "All the Chain Restaurants Where Dads Can Get Free Food and Deals on Father's Day," 14 June 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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