Complimentary vs Isibongo - What's the difference?

complimentary | isibongo |

As an adjective complimentary

is in the nature of a compliment.

As a noun isibongo is

a complimentary metonym used to describe members of a zulu clan.



(en adjective)
  • In the nature of a compliment.
  • * , The Letters of Mark Twain, Vol. 3 (published 2004) p. 56.
  • But yesterday evening late, when Lewis arrived from down town he found his supper spread, and some presents of books there, with very complimentary' writings on the fly-leaves, and certain very ' complimentary letters, and more or less greenbacks of dignified denomination pinned to those letters and fly-leaves...
  • Free; provided at no charge.
  • * Vivien Lougheed, Belize Pocket Adventures (2005), p. 65.
  • In the evenings, Ward and PJ offer guests a complimentary drink. This gesture seems to reinforce the hosts' desire to make everyone feel welcome.
  • With respect to the closing of a letter, formal and professional.
  • * Richard H. Beatty, The Perfect Cover Letter (2003).
  • The complimentary closing is the word grouping used to bring the message or text to a close.

    Usage notes

    * Complimentary and complementary are frequently confused and misused in place of one another.


    * uncomplimentary

    Derived terms

    * complimentarily * complimentariness




    (izibongo) (wikipedia isibongo)
  • A complimentary metonym used to describe members of a Zulu clan.