compliment[käm′plə mənt; for v., -ment′]
- The definition of a compliment is the act of giving praise.
An example of compliment is calling someone's dress beautiful.
- Compliment means to give praise.
An example of compliment is to tell someone that he is very intelligent.
- a formal act or expression of courtesy or respect
- something said in admiration, praise, or flattery
- courteous greetings; respects: send it with our compliments
- Now Chiefly Dial. a gift given for services; tip
Origin of complimentFrench ; from Italian complimento ; from Spanish cumplimiento ; from cumplir, to fill up ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form complire, for Classical Latin complere, to complete
- to pay a compliment to; congratulate
- to present something to (a person) as an act of politeness or respect
- An expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation.
- A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect.
- compliments Good wishes; regards: Extend my compliments to your parents. See Usage Note at complement.
transitive verbcom·pli·ment·ed, com·pli·ment·ing, com·pli·ments
- To pay a compliment to.
- To show fondness, regard, or respect for by giving a gift or performing a favor.
Origin of complimentFrench, from Italian complimento, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir, to complete, from Latin complēre, to fill up : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + plēre, to fill; see pel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present compliments, present participle complimenting, simple past and past participle complimented)
- (intransitive) To pay a compliment (to); to express a favorable opinion (of).
- Common misspelling of complement.