complimentary

[ kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ ˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri /

adjective

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.

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Origin of complimentary

First recorded in 1620–30; compliment + -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM complimentary

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Example sentences from the Web for complimentary

  • "That's very Yankee-like, I believe," he said complimentarily.

  • It complimentarily introduces a hint or two of Wagner's Grail motif.

  • I allude to the burning noonday sun, that makes this close-shut valley, as it is complimentarily called, a veritable furnace.

    The Roof of France|Matilda Betham-Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for complimentary

complimentary
/ (ˌkɒmplɪˈmɛntərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
expressing praise; flattering
given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes

Derived forms of complimentary

complimentarily, adverb
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