|Origin:||Italian, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir; COMPLY|
a remark that shows you admire someone or something:
Being compared to Abba is a great compliment.
Rob Andrew had a quiet game, which is meant as a compliment.
All Félix's guests paid her extravagant compliments.
To Joe the greatest compliment was to be considered amusing.
to be pleased about what someone says about you, even though they may not mean to be nice:
They all seem to think that I ask rather cheeky questions, which I'll take as a compliment.
an action that shows you admire someone:
He paid MacLennan the finest compliment of all by imitating him.
It's a great compliment to the band that he came out of retirement to interview them.
to try to make someone say something nice about you
used by a person or company when they send or give something to you:
With the compliments of J. Nocuold & Son.
Please accept these tickets with our compliments.
used as a spoken or written greeting at Christmas and New Year
to behave towards someone in the same way that they have behaved towards you:
They didn't take a lot of notice of me, and I returned the compliment.
9 British English left-handed compliment American English
something that someone says to you which is nice and not nice at the same time:
'You've got a brain. Try using it.' 'Thanks for the backhanded compliment!'