Definitions for complimentˈkɒm plə mənt; -ˌmɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pli•mentˈkɒm plə mənt; -ˌmɛnt(n.; v.)

  1. an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration.

  2. a formal act or gesture of civility, respect, or regard:

    The mayor paid her the compliment of a police escort.

  3. compliments, a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards:

    to send one's compliments.

  4. (v.t.)to pay a compliment to; commend; praise.

  5. to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor.

  6. to congratulate; felicitate.

  7. (v.i.)to pay compliments.

Origin of compliment:

1570–80; < F < It complimento < Sp cumplimiento <cumpli- (see comply ); earlier same sp. as complement

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compliment(verb)

    a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration

  2. compliment, congratulate(verb)

    say something to someone that expresses praise

    "He complimented her on her last physics paper"

  3. compliment(verb)

    express respect or esteem for

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. compliment(noun)ˈkɒm plə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt

    sth you say to praise or flatter

    to pay her a compliment

  2. complimentˈkɒm plə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt

    to assume a comment is intended to be nice

  3. compliment(verb)ˈkɒm plə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt

    to praise or flatter sb

    She complimented him on his new haircut.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compliment(noun)

    an expression, by word or act, of approbation, regard, confidence, civility, or admiration; a flattering speech or attention; a ceremonious greeting; as, to send one's compliments to a friend

  2. Compliment(verb)

    to praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of approbation, respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a compliment to

  3. Compliment(verb)

    to pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. compliment

    A sarcastic remark with a flavor of truth or not, as the case may be.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    v. t., From Eng. _con_,--hot air, and Lat. _pleo_, to fill. Hence, to fill with hot air.

Translations for compliment

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an expression of praise or flattery

He's always paying her compliments.

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