[kuh m-pleet]


highly skilled and accomplished in all aspects; complete; total: the compleat actor, at home in comedy and tragedy.

Nearby words

  1. complainer,
  2. complaint,
  3. complaisance,
  4. complaisant,
  5. complanate,
  6. compleat angler, the,
  7. complect,
  8. complected,
  9. complection,
  10. complement

Origin of compleat

1875–80; earlier spelling of complete, used phrasally in allusion to The Compleat Angler Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compleat



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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