complimentary close

or complimentary closing

[klohz or kloh-zing]

noun

the part of a letter that by convention immediately precedes the signature, as “Very truly yours,” “Cordially,” or “Sincerely yours.”

Nearby words

  1. complicit,
  2. complicity,
  3. complier,
  4. compliment,
  5. complimentary,
  6. compline,
  7. complot,
  8. comply,
  9. compo,
  10. component

Origin of complimentary close

First recorded in 1915–20

Also called closing, close.

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