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 complimentarily (audio) , -​(ˌ)men-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce complimentarily (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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Admission is $3, although children 10 and younger are free and admission is complimentary for all ages from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow., "Strongsville Rib Burnoff continues today, tomorrow," 21 June 2019 Injuries played a large role in those losing campaigns, and team officials were complimentary of how Gentry handled himself and the team this season after the Anthony Davis trade request. Andrew Lopez,, "New Orleans Pelicans pick up option on Alvin Gentry’s contract," 17 June 2019 For just $50, you'll be given a complimentary cocktail—appropriately called an Ama-RAT-o Sour—as well as a full San Francisco Dungeon tour, and the real kicker, 30 minutes of play time with the rats. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Pop-Up Café Filled With Live Rats is Headed to San Francisco This Summer," 3 June 2019 Another downtown location, City Market Social House, is offering 50% off venue rental through September 30, and 25% off for bookings between October 1 and December 31, 2018, which includes complimentary seasonal craft cocktails. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Summer Menu Offers a Taste of Paradise," 26 June 2018 Adult price is $44 including a complimentary breakfast cocktail or coffee, kids 12 and under eat for $16. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Forgot to reserve a table for Mother's Day brunch? These eateries still have openings," 10 May 2018 The doors officially open to all attendees at 5:30 p.m. All ticket holders will enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, local vendor pop-up shops and giveaways. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Can you get a Kentucky Derby hat for less than $20? Yes, if you can get into this sale," 19 Feb. 2018 Friends and supporters of the organization will saddle up and scoot their boots into the Omni Fort Worth Hotel to enjoy complimentary cocktails at an opening reception before an elegant three-course seated dinner is served. Faye Reeder, star-telegram, "Stage West to pick Acting With the Stars champ at Valentine’s Day event | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Jan. 2018 Admission includes complimentary mini cocktail and appetizers at the Happy Hour mixer starting at 6:00 PM. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland Silver Screen listings for Jan. 26-Feb. 1: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at Great Lakes Sciece Center & More," 25 Jan. 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 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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