Compliment/Complement "of the Season"

08/01/2013 13:02

Compliment means

  • an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration.
  • 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.


Complement, supplement both mean to make additions to something. To complement is to provide something felt to be lacking or needed; it is often applied to putting together two things, each of which supplies what is lacking in the other, to make a complete whole: Two statements from different points of view may complement each other.  To supplement is merely to add to: Some additional remarks may supplement his address.

Complement  and compliment,  which are pronounced alike and originally shared some meanings, have become separate words with entirely different meanings. As a noun, complement  means “something that completes or makes perfect”. As a verb, complement  means “to complete”.

So, it is compliments of the season NOT complement of the season.