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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Stay in one of 33 upscale rooms or beach cottages while enjoying complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea as well as private beach access, and be sure to ask for a room with a gas fireplace and heated floors. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 TownePlace Suites offers suites with full kitchens, outdoor grills and complimentary hot breakfast. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "New hotel coming to fast-growing town near Charlotte," 12 Feb. 2018 Think nightly wine and cheese receptions, firepits on the patio, an upscale complimentary breakfast, and in-room massages upon request. Sunset, "A Brand-New Stay in the West’s Coolest Urban National Park," 22 Jan. 2018 Students in need also received free eye examinations and complimentary glasses from Nine West in partnership with Eyes of Hope, an initiative by VSP Global . Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "What Not to Wear to Your Internship, According to GLAM4GOOD Panelists," 17 Aug. 2018 Cars and Coffee Last Saturday of the month: Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries, then hop on in and check out some cars. 9 a.m.-noon. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Coral Springs area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 If seasickness is an issue, try acupuncture (consultations are complimentary; a 50-minute session is $169). Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 Through June 15, guests who book a Deluxe Suite or higher will have access to complimentary chauffeured rides in a car that no other Peninsula hotel in the world has. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Peninsula Hotels' Long History With Rolls-Royce," 23 May 2018 Breakfast With The Bunny, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Your reservation includes zoo admission, hot buffet breakfast, meet ‘n’ greet with the Easter Bunny, private animal encounters, complimentary carousel rides and an egg hunt ages 12 and under. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "South Florida's holiday weekend filled with Easter egg events, fitness fest," 28 Mar. 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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