complimentary

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

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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of complimentary

First recorded in 1620–30; compliment + -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for complimentary

complimentary

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for complimentary

complimentary

adj.

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

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