[ noun kom-pluh-muhnt; verb kom-pluh-ment ]
/ noun ˈkɒm plə mənt; verb ˈkɒm pləˌmɛnt /
an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A sincere compliment boosts one's morale.
a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard: The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him.
compliments, a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards: He sends you his compliments.
Archaic. a gift; present.
verb (used with object)
to pay a compliment to: She complimented the child on his good behavior.
to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor: He complimented us by giving a party in our honor.
to congratulate; felicitate: to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.
verb (used without object)
to pay compliments.
Words nearby compliment
Origin of compliment
ANTONYMS FOR compliment
OTHER WORDS FROM compliment
com·pli·ment·a·ble, adjectivecom·pli·ment·er, nouncom·pli·ment·ing·ly, adverbout·com·pli·ment, verb (used with object)
un·com·pli·ment·ed, adjectiveun·com·pli·ment·ing, adjective
usage note for compliment
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British Dictionary definitions for complimenter
a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
(usually plural) a greeting of respect or regard
verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌmɛnt) (tr)
to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift
Word Origin for compliment
C17: from French, from Italian complimento, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir to complete, do what is fitting, be polite
Avoid confusion with complement
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Idioms and Phrases with complimenter
see left-handed compliment; pay a compliment; return the compliment.
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