el cumplido
-the compliment
See the entry for cumplido.


A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (praise)
a. compliment
Me gustan sus cumplidos porque son originales e inesperados.I love his compliments because they are original and unexpected.
2. (courtesy)
a. duty
No le cae bien a nadie, pero la tuvimos que invitar por cumplido.Nobody likes her, but we had to invite her out of duty.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (considerate)
a. polite
¿Quién fue el caballero cumplido que te envió una carta de agradecimiento?Who was that polite gentleman who sent you a thank you card?
b. courteous
Era muy cumplida y se ofreció a ayudarme.She was very courteous and offered to help me.
c. correct
El prometido de Mariana es un joven educado, refinado y cumplido.Mariana's fiancé is an educated, refined, and correct young man.
d. thoughtful
Tu hermana me envió una tarjeta de felicitaciones por mi graduación. ¡Qué cumplida!Your sister sent me a congratulations card for my graduation. How thoughtful!
4. (perfect)
a. full
Mi cita era un hombre cumplido que trabaja en la industria hotelera.My date was a full gentleman who works in the hotel industry
b. complete
Su última conquista cumplida fue una exitosa empresaria sueca.His latest complete conquest was a successful Swedish businesswoman.
5. (ample)
a. full
Le regalé toda mi ropa cumplida a mi amiga que está embarazada.I gave all my full clothing to my pregnant friend.
6. (on time)
Regionalism used in Colombia
a. punctual
Por favor, sé cumplido. La junta empieza a las 8 am y no vamos a esperarte si llegas tarde.Please be punctual. The meeting starts at 8 am and we won't wait if you're late.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (formalities)
a. ceremony
Estamos de pijama comiendo comida para llevar, no hacen falta cumplidos.We're in our pajamas eating take-out food, there's no need for ceremony.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (orden)
a. carried out
2. (promesa)
a. kept
3. (deber, profecía)
a. fulfilled
4. (plazo)
a. expired
5. (completo, lleno)
a. full, complete
6. (cortés)
a. courteous
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (general)
a. compliment
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1 (perfecto) complete; full
un cumplido caballero a perfect gentlemen
2 (amplio) [+ropa] full; [+ración] large; plentiful
3 (cortés) courteous; correct; (formal) formal
tiene sesenta años cumplidos he's sixty years old
1 (alabanza) compliment
2 (cortesía)
visita de cumplido courtesy call; por cumplido (por cortesía) out of politeness; as a matter of courtesy; (por obligación) out of a sense of duty
he venido por cumplido
¡sin cumplidos! no ceremony, please!
andarse con cumplidos usar cumplidos to stand on ceremony; be formal
cambiar los cumplidos de etiqueta to exchange formal courtesies
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