[n. kom-pluh-muhnt; v. kom-pluh-ment]
an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A sincere compliment boosts one's morale.
a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard: The mayor paid him the compliment of escorting him.
compliments, a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards: He sends you his compliments.
Archaic. a gift; present.
verb (used with object)
to pay a compliment to: She complimented the child on his good behavior.
to show kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor: He complimented us by giving a party in our honor.
to congratulate; felicitate: to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.
verb (used without object)
to pay compliments.

1570–80; < French < Italian complimento < Spanish cumplimiento, equivalent to cumpli- (see comply) + -miento -ment; earlier identical in spelling with complement

complimentable, adjective
complimenter, noun
complimentingly, adverb
outcompliment, verb (used with object)
uncomplimented, adjective
uncomplimenting, adjective

complement, compliment (see usage note at complement).

1. kudos, tribute, eulogy, panegyric. 5. commend, praise, honor.

1. disparagement.

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World English Dictionary
1.  a remark or act expressing respect, admiration, etc
2.  (usually plural) a greeting of respect or regard
3.  to express admiration of; congratulate or commend
4.  to express or show respect or regard for, esp by a gift

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Word Origin & History

1570s, via Fr., from It. complimento "expression of respect and civility," from V.L. *complire, for L. complere "to complete," via notion of "complete the obligations of politeness." Same word as complement but by a different etymological route; differentiated by spelling after 1650.
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American Heritage
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Being an introvert himself, he took this as the huge compliment it was.
It was as if being the underdog was a badge of honor, a compliment.
We made our compliment, told him he must let us join our congratulations to
  those of the nation on the happiness of his house.
But calling somebody a cougar is much closer to a compliment than calling them
  a dinosaur.
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