of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark.
given free as a gift or courtesy: a complimentary ticket.
noun, plural com·pli·men·ta·ries.
something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.
Related formscom·pli·men·ta·ri·ly, adverbcom·pli·men·ta·ri·ness, nounin·ter·com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjectivequa·si-com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjectiveun·com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjective
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Derived Formscomplimentarily, adverb
conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
expressing praise; flattering
given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
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Word Origin and History for complimentaries
1620s, "conveying a compliment," from compliment (n.) + -ary. In later use loosely meaning "free of charge."
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