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 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.
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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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12 May 2021

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“Complimentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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