What does compliment mean?

Definitions for compliment
ˈkɒm plə mənt; -ˌmɛntcom·pli·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complimentverb

    a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration

  2. compliment, congratulateverb

    say something to someone that expresses praise

    "He complimented her on her last physics paper"

  3. complimentverb

    express respect or esteem for

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    An act, or expression of civility, usually understood to include some hypocrisy, and to mean less than it declares.

    Etymology: compliment, Fr.

    He observed few compliments in matter of arms, but such as proud anger did indite to him. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    My servant, sir? ’Twas never merry world
    Since lowly feigning was call’d compliment:
    Y’ are servant to the duke Orsino, youth. William Shakespeare.

    One whom the musick of his own vain tongue
    Doth ravish, like inchanting harmony:
    A man of compliments, whom right and wrong
    Have chose as umpire of their meeting. William Shakespeare.

    What honour that,
    But tedious waste of time, to sit and hear
    So many hollow compliments and lies,
    Outlandish flatteries? John Milton, Paradise Regain’d, b. iv.

    Virtue and religion, heaven and eternal happiness, are not trifles to be given up in a compliment, or sacrificed to a jest. John Rogers, Sermon x.

  2. To Complimentverb

    To sooth with acts or expressions of respect; to flatter; to praise.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    It was not to compliment a society, so much above flattery and the regardless air of common applauses. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Pref.

    Monarchs should their inward soul disguise,
    Dissemble and command, be false and wise;
    By ignominious arts, for servile ends,
    Should compliment their foes, and shun their friends. Matthew Prior.

    The watchman gave so very great a thump at my door, that I awaked, and heard myself complimented with the usual salutation. Tatler, №. 111.

    She compliments Menelaus very handsomely, and says he wanted no accomplishment either of mind or body. Alexander Pope.


  1. compliment

    A compliment is a polite expression of praise, admiration, or approval given to a person, organization, or object. Often, it is intended to express appreciation for a person's achievements, personal qualities, abilities, efforts, or appearance. Compliments can be verbal or written and are typically seen as a kind gesture that can build positive relationships and boost self-esteem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complimentnoun

    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. Complimentverb

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

  3. Complimentverb

    to pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Compliment

    kom′pli-ment, n. an expression of regard or praise: delicate flattery: an expression of formal respect or civility: a present.—v.t. Compliment′, to pay a compliment to: to express respect for: to praise: to flatter: to congratulate: to make a present.—v.i. to make compliments.—adjs. Compliment′al, expressing or implying compliment; Compliment′ary, conveying, or expressive of, civility or praise: using compliments.—n. Compliment′er, one who pays compliments.—Compliments of the season, compliments appropriate to special times, as Christmas and birthdays; Left-handed compliment, a saying intended to seem a compliment, but in reality the reverse; Pay, or Present, one's compliments, to give one's respects or greeting. [Fr. compliment—L. complementum. See Comply.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. compliment

    The military mark of respect shown by a body of troops to official personages, to an officer, or to another body of troops.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compliment in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compliment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of compliment in a Sentence

  1. Negash Teklu:

    If 12 of us members of EAPP sit down and agree on fair distribution of electricity needs it can support and compliment each country's development initiative, contribute to regional unity energy integration has happened before in the European Union, different states of the United States and parts of Asia, so there is no reason EAPP's goals  can't be met while addressing climate concerns.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought , and attended to my answer.

  3. Mark Twain:

    When you cannot get a compliment any other way pay yourself one.

  4. Victor Hugo:

    A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.

  5. Dale Carnegie:

    If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.

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  • مجاملةArabic
  • хваля, правя комплимент, любезност, комплимент, похвалаBulgarian
  • poklonaCzech
  • komplimentere, komplimentDanish
  • beglückwünschen, KomplimentGerman
  • φιλοφρόνηση, παινεύω, επαινώ, κολακεύωGreek
  • felicitar, cumplidoSpanish
  • kohteliaisuus, kohteliaisuudenosoitusFinnish
  • compliment, compliments, complimenterFrench
  • מחמאה, החמיאHebrew
  • प्रHindi
  • bók, bókolHungarian
  • [[կոմպլիմենտ]] [[անել]], կոմպլիմենտ, հաճոյախոսել, հաճոյախոսությունArmenian
  • pujianIndonesian
  • complimentarsi, complimentoItalian
  • מַחֲמָאָהHebrew
  • お世辞Japanese
  • honorificumLatin
  • compliment, een compliment geven, complimenterenDutch
  • komplimentereNorwegian
  • komplementPolish
  • elogiar, elogioPortuguese
  • похвала, любезность, комплимент, говорить комплиментыRussian
  • komplimang, ge en komplimang, komplimenteraSwedish
  • பாராட்டுTamil
  • คำชมThai
  • övgü, iltifat, iltifat etmekTurkish
  • lời khenVietnamese
  • 讚揚Chinese

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