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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Other Words from complimentary

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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To many people, Silicon Valley is the world’s capital of happy offices; a land of ping-pong tables, lavish buffets, complimentary dry-cleaning and unlimited vacation days. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018 Play daily to reveal special offers, complimentary treasures, and more. Glamour, "The Black Friday Beauty Deals You Need to Know," 22 Nov. 2018 Downstairs in an enormous basement with complimentary Wi-Fi, the brand has merchandised its product with an eye to history. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Two Very Big Reasons You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping in Midtown Manhattan," 20 Nov. 2018 Beatrice, dressed in a royal blue dress by Ralph and Russo and a complimentary purple headband, stood in front of all of the guests and read an excerpt from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Princess Beatrice Read an Excerpt From 'The Great Gatsby' at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Overall, the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive and complimentary. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Wait Until You Hear What 'Jeopardy' Fans Are Saying About Alex Trebek's Beard," 10 Sep. 2018 With the emphasis on free activities, the site feels like a complimentary tool to using Hopper to find cheap flights and Kayak to find hotels. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google’s Touring Bird is a travel tool to help vacationers find free activities in new cities," 7 Sep. 2018 The family-friendly all-suite hotel, the former Chaparral Suites, also offers the signature Embassy Suites free made-to-order breakfast and complimentary alcoholic beverages and snacks at an evening reception. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "12 cheapest Phoenix, Scottsdale hotel deals for summer 2018," 15 May 2018 Several fellow comedians, including Judd Apatow, Anthony Bourdain and Kathy Griffin, praised Wolf’s bravery, while other notable public figures, including former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, were less than complimentary. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Michelle Wolf’s Routine Was 'Not in the Spirit' of Our Mission, Says WHCA President," 30 Apr. 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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