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

Other Words from complimentary

complimentarily \ ˌkäm-​plə-​ˈmen-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce complimentary (audio) , -​(ˌ)men-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce complimentary (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Coppin's Restaurant and Bar at Hotel Covington - 638 Madison Ave., Covington. Grand brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brunch is $64 each, adults 55 and older are $55 each, kids ages 5 to 12 are $19 and kids 4 and under are complimentary. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2022 The media narrative about France’s presidential election on Sunday, which saw Emmanuel Macron reelected for a second term, has largely been complimentary. Arjun Singh, National Review, 25 Apr. 2022 Membership is complimentary for Rocky Hill residents and $20 per year for non-residents. Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 Reviews were mostly complimentary, but Jet played up the supposed hypocrisy that a novelist who espoused racial pride married a white man—a sidelong critique of Walker’s political fitness that followed her throughout her career. The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The bar owner is much less complimentary about both Pignataro and the government—and in particular, how the authorities coordinate investment across the island. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2022 Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was complimentary of Davis, saying his attitude has been the perfect way to preserve tradition while at the same time rebranding. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Everybody has been very complimentary of the instructors. al, 31 Mar. 2022 Democrats and some Republicans were complimentary of Judge Jackson’s qualifications for the position. WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Complimentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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