complimentary close

[ kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree klohz, ‐men-tree ]

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

Origin of complimentary close

First recorded in 1915–20
  • Also com·pli·men·ta·ry clos·ing [kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree kloh-zing, ‐men-tree] /ˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri ˈkloʊ zɪŋ, ‐ˈmɛn tri/ .

Words Nearby complimentary close Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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