[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
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  1. of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark.
  2. given free as a gift or courtesy: a complimentary ticket.
noun, plural com·pli·men·ta·ries.
  1. something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.

Origin of complimentary

First recorded in 1620–30; compliment + -ary
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

Synonyms for complimentary

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1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.

Antonyms for complimentary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for complimentary

Contemporary Examples of complimentary

Historical Examples of complimentary

  • The letter was most courteous, most complimentary, most wooing.

  • I know I'm not scientific, but I honestly did mean to be complimentary.

  • Suppose I've got somethin' on—on what complimentary folks like you would call my mind.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Nor was it merely kind or complimentary they were; they were confidential.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • "You are not complimentary, at all events," he said quietly at length.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

British Dictionary definitions for complimentary


  1. conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
  2. expressing praise; flattering
  3. given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
Derived Formscomplimentarily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for complimentary

1620s, "conveying a compliment," from compliment (n.) + -ary. In later use loosely meaning "free of charge."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper