complimentary

adjective com·pli·men·ta·ry \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of complimentary

1 a : 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

complimentarily

play \ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of complimentary in a Sentence

  1. Furtado is as complimentary about Elliott's manicure … as she is about Elliott's business acumen. —David A. KeepsRolling Stone16 Aug. 2001
  2. In the bar that evening I at last had the Holiday Inn's complimentary drink, "Tropical Aura." —V. S. NaipaulAmong the Believers1981
  3. 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. WhiteCharlotte's Web1952
  4. She made complimentary remarks about his work.

  5. They handed out complimentary brochures.

  6. The restaurant offers valet parking as a complimentary service.

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Origin and Etymology of complimentary


COMPLIMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners

complimentary

adjective

Definition of complimentary for English Language Learners

  • : expressing praise or admiration for someone or something

  • : given for free


COMPLIMENTARY Defined for Kids

complimentary

adjective com·pli·men·ta·ry \ ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē , -ˈmen-trē \

Definition of complimentary for Students

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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