- 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.
- 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.
- to pay compliments.
Origin of compliment
Synonyms for compliment
Antonyms for compliment
Examples from the Web for complimenter
Historical Examples of complimenter
The negress feels the compliment, rather 299 despises the complimenter, but likes it on the whole—and comes again.Through the Heart of Patagonia
H. Hesketh Prichard
- a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
- (usually plural) a greeting of respect or regard
- to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
- to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift
Word Origin for compliment
"An act, or expression of civility, usually understood to include some hypocrisy, and to mean less than it declares" [Johnson], 1570s, complement, via French compliment (17c.), from Italian complimento "expression of respect and civility," from Vulgar Latin *complire, for Latin complere "to complete" (see complete (adj.)), via notion of "complete the obligations of politeness." Same word as complement but by a different etymological route; differentiated by spelling after 1650.
1610s, from French complimenter, from compliment (see compliment (n.)). Related: Complimented; complimenting.
see left-handed compliment; pay a compliment; return the compliment.