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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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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Recent Examples on the Web And one Florida lawmaker who has been especially critical of the NCAA over its restrictions on athletes was complimentary – though in a backhanded fashion. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "NCAA waiver for Trevor Lawrence's coronavirus fundraiser earns praise from all sides," 25 Mar. 2020 The preview nights will be on May 6-7 from 4–8 p.m. While the event is complimentary for Platinum Passholders, advanced RSVP ticket registration is required. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point offers free sneak-peek events as park celebrates 150th anniversary," 10 Mar. 2020 Scalp, neck, hand and arm massage are all complimentary. cleveland, "Find your zen at 47 of Greater Cleveland’s best spas, according to Yelp," 5 Mar. 2020 The hot breakfast buffet at Territory Restaurant ( is complimentary for guests, but is otherwise $12 for adults and $7 for kids. oregonlive, "New Independence Hotel is the perfect place for a Valentine’s getaway: Gerry Frank’s picks," 8 Feb. 2020 How to register for Duets Seating is limited and tickets are complimentary for Dallas Morning News subscribers as part of the newspaper’s Plugged In loyalty rewards program. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Dallas playwrights to join SMU professor to discuss their play about local journalism," 3 Feb. 2020 Up in Greenough Montana, a 15-minute Wag the Tail dog massage is complimentary with any 60-minute treatment for humans. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "At These Dog-Friendly Spas, You and Your Pup Get Massages," 28 Jan. 2020 Boone this season, though. has been complimentary at times of Cousins, in the second year of a three-year, $84 million contract. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Boisterous ex-Vikings guard Alex Boone now a radio analyst striving to ‘say it as I see it’," 28 Dec. 2019 Unfortunately the biscuits at the actual restaurant—which are complimentary with every meal—are still a no-go for those who can’t eat gluten. Shay Spence,, "Red Lobster Is Now Selling Gluten-Free Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix," 31 July 2019

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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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23 May 2020

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“Complimentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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