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[kuh m-pleet]
  1. highly skilled and accomplished in all aspects; complete; total: the compleat actor, at home in comedy and tragedy.
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Origin of compleat

1875–80; earlier spelling of complete, used phrasally in allusion to The Compleat Angler
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Historical Examples

  • Feuillet, to raise the compleat and finish'd Superstructure on Mons.


    John Weaver

  • Lastly, the thirteenth is that of Walnuts, and it is added to compleat the year.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • Pharmacopia officinalis & extemporanea: or, A compleat English dispensatory.

  • It is sufficient if every thing be compleat in the object itself.

  • Lucile told of the incident regarding the copy of “The Compleat Angler.”

    The Secret Mark

    Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for compleat


  1. an archaic spelling of complete, used esp in the titles of handbooks, in imitation of The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton
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Word Origin and History for compleat


archaic spelling of complete (adj.).

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