Compliment etymology


English word compliment comes from Latin compleo, Latin instrumentum, and later Latin complementum (Complement (that which fills up or completes).)

Etymology of compliment

Detailed word origin of compliment

Dictionary entry Language Definition
compleo Latin (lat) (of a promise) I fulfil.. (with food or drink) I fill, sate; satisfy.. I cover, overwhelm.. I fill up, fill full, fill out; make up, complete.. I finish, complete.
instrumentum Latin (lat) (collective) supply, provision. (general) paraphernalia, equipment. An instrument, tool, utensil. Records, documents.
cumplir Spanish (es) To complete. To fulfil. To turn a certain age (usually succeeded by los).
complementum Latin (lat) Complement (that which fills up or completes).
cumplimiento Spanish (es) Compliance. Formality. Fulfillment, completion.
complimento Italian (it) (plural) congratulations. (plural) fuss, ceremony, ceremoniousness. (plural) regards. Compliment.
compliment French (fr) Compliment (positive comment).
compliment English (en) (uncountable) Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery.. An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect. (ambitransitive) To pay a compliment (to); to express a favorable opinion (of).

Words with the same origin as compliment

Descendants of compleo


Descendants of instrumentum

instrument instrumental