- 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.
compliment definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French ; 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
compliment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To pay a compliment to.
- To show fondness, regard, or respect for by giving a gift or performing a favor.
Origin: French, 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 pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.