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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Recent Examples on the Web

At check-in, the genuinely friendly staff welcomed us with a choice of beverages and healthy snacks, which are complimentary for guests throughout their stay. Joanne Dibona,, "Boise trip is a capital idea," 5 July 2018 The sleek shuttle service is complimentary for dine-in guests with reservations in advance. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant roundup: Bartaco in WestBend, Newk's up north and deals for Dad's day," 6 June 2018 Breakfast is complimentary to survivors and caregivers, and the snack bar will serve fresh food throughout the event for participants to purchase. Heather Mcghee, Ramona Sentinel, "16th Annual 24-hour Relay for Life starts at 9 a.m. Saturday," 30 May 2018 Located two blocks from town, the docks offer a variety of amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, kid’s fishing equipment, and pre-arrival concierge service ( Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 29 May 2018 Residents can enjoy complimentary wi-fi in the University Lofts building. Anne Nickoloff,, "University Lofts offers newly-updated downtown Cleveland suites: Apartment of the week," 25 Apr. 2018 The Residence Inn Orlando at Millenia has suites with a work desk, ergonomic chair, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and a kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. Paul Brinkmann,, "Marriott hotels near Mall at Millenia to open Wednesday," 2 Apr. 2018 Marketed as a communal experience, units come with complimentary wi-fi, detergent and toilet paper, and the option to socialize with other residents or not. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Dorm Living for Adults," 7 Mar. 2018 Rooms feature plush bathrobes, complimentary Wi-Fi and HDTVs. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "New hotels: Gleaming properties from Washington, D.C. to California," 16 Feb. 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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