compliment

[ noun kom-pluh-muhnt; verb kom-pluh-ment ]
/ noun ˈkɒm plə mənt; verb ˈkɒm pləˌmɛnt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to pay compliments.

Nearby words

  1. complication,
  2. complice,
  3. complicit,
  4. complicity,
  5. complier,
  6. complimentary,
  7. complimentary close,
  8. compline,
  9. complot,
  10. comply

Origin of compliment

1570–80; < French < Italian complimento < Spanish cumplimiento, equivalent to cumpli- (see comply) + -miento -ment; earlier identical in spelling with complement

Related forms
Can be confusedcomplement compliment (see usage note at complement)

Usage note


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British Dictionary definitions for compliment

compliment

noun (ˈkɒmplɪmənt)

a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
(usually plural) a greeting of respect or regard

verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌmɛnt) (tr)

to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift

Word Origin for compliment

C17: from French, from Italian complimento, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir to complete, do what is fitting, be polite

confusable

Avoid confusion with complement

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Word Origin and History for compliment
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Idioms and Phrases with compliment

compliment

see left-handed compliment; pay a compliment; return the compliment.

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