complimentary Definition

  • 1expressing a compliment; praising or approving
  • 2given free as a courtesy or favor
  • 3forming a complement; completing

Using complimentary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "complimentary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She gave me a complimentary ticket to the concert.

  • Example

    The hotel offers complimentary breakfast to all guests.

  • Example

    He made some complimentary remarks about her work.

  • Example

    The colors of the painting are complimentary to each other.

complimentary Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with complimentary

  • a polite phrase used at the end of a letter before the writer's signature


    Sincerely yours, Best regards, and Yours truly are all examples of complimentary closes.

  • a color that is opposite another color on the color wheel, which when combined with it, produces a neutral gray or white


    Red and green are complimentary colors, as are blue and orange.

  • alternative medicine that is used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments


    Acupuncture and herbal remedies are examples of complimentary medicine.

Origins of complimentary

from Latin 'complimentum', meaning 'expression of respect or civility'


Summary: complimentary in Brief

The term 'complimentary' [ˌkɒmplɪˈmentəri] can mean expressing praise or approval, or given free as a courtesy. It can also refer to something that completes or matches another thing, as in 'The colors of the painting are complimentary to each other.' 'Complimentary' extends into phrases like 'complimentary close,' and 'complimentary medicine,' referring to alternative medicine used with conventional treatments.

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