- paying or containing a compliment; expressing courtesy, respect, admiration, or praise
- given free as a courtesy: a complimentary ticket
- The definition of complimentary is something that is free or included in a larger cost.
An example of complimentary are the peanuts which are included in the cost of an airline ticket.
- Complimentary is defined as something that is flattering or shows admiration.
An example of complimentary used as an adjective is complimentary behavior, such as if you tell a stranger that he has nice shoes.
- Expressing, using, or resembling a compliment: a concert that received complimentary reviews.
- Given as a courtesy at no charge: complimentary copies of the new book.
(comparative more complimentary, superlative most complimentary)
- Complimentary and complementary are frequently confused and misused in place of one another.
compliment + -ary
- She crossed to the small desk and rustled around for the complimentary paper and pen.
- (Richard Blackbourne, a friend of Hobbes's admirer, John Aubrey), and reprinted, with complimentary verses by Cowley and others, at the beginning of Sir W.
- In the complimentary speeches delivered by the president of the French Republic and the tsar, France and Russia were referred to as allies, and the term " nations alliees " was afterwards repeatedly used on occasions of a similar kind.
- In 1674 John Fell, the dean of Christ Church, who bore the charges of the Latin translation of Anthony Wood's History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford (1670), struck out all the complimentary epithets in the account of his life, and substituted very different ones; but this time the king did suffer him to defend himself by publishing a dignified letter (Vit.
- He took the degree of doctor of theology, and seems to have received the complimentary title of doctor mirabilis.