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Definition of "compliment" []

  • An expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation. (noun)
  • A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect. (noun)
  • Good wishes; regards: Extend my compliments to your parents. See Usage Note at complement. (noun)
  • To pay a compliment to. (verb-transitive)
  • To show fondness, regard, or respect for by giving a gift or performing a favor. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compliment" in a sentence
  • "These notest be called “compliments” and any good pirate knows a compliment is all but a flirt wrapped up in a pretty bow."
  • "Now, that is what I call a compliment worth having."
  • ""That's what I call a compliment worth having," said Byles Gridley to himself, when he got home."