What does the word compliment mean?

Usage examples for compliment

  1. The Athenians took the marriage as a compliment and favor to the city. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. I feel sure that the artists of this country take it as a great compliment that these pictures should be sent here for exhibition. – Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888 by Edward VII
  3. Edna blushed a little over the compliment. – Our Bessie by Rosa Nouchette Carey