Definition of complimentary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmplɪˈmentri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmplɪˈmentri//
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  1. 1given free complimentary tickets for the show
  2. 2complimentary (about something) expressing admiration, praise, etc. a complimentary remark She was extremely complimentary about his work.
  3. opposite uncomplimentary
    Which Word?compliment / complement These words have similar spellings but completely different meanings. If you compliment someone, you say something very nice to them:She complimented me on my English. If one thing complements another, the two things work or look better because they are together:The different flavours complement each other perfectly. The adjectives are also often confused. Complimentary:She made some very complimentary remarks about my English. It can also mean ‘free’:There was a complimentary basket of fruit in our room. Complementary:The team members have different but complementary skills.Extra examples After one or two complimentary remarks about her hosts, she got to the main part of her speech. Not all of his comments were complimentary. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: complimentary