hom·​age | \ˈä-mij, ˈhä-, sense 2b is often ō-ˈmäzh \

Definition of homage 

1a : a feudal ceremony by which a man acknowledges himself the vassal of a lord

b : the relationship between a feudal lord and his vassal

c : an act done or payment made in meeting the obligations due from a vassal to a feudal lord

2a : expression of high regard : respect bowed in homage to the king often used with pay Her work pays homage to women artists of the past.

b : something that shows respect or attests to the worth or influence of another : tribute his long life filled with international homages to his unique musical talentPeople

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honor, homage, reverence, deference mean respect and esteem shown to another. honor may apply to the recognition of one's right to great respect or to any expression of such recognition. the nomination is an honor homage adds the implication of accompanying praise. paying homage to Shakespeare reverence implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe. great reverence for my father deference implies a yielding or submitting to another's judgment or preference out of respect or reverence. showed no deference to their elders

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The root of homage is homo-, the Latin root meaning "man." In medieval times, a king's male subject could officially become the king's "man" by publicly announcing allegiance to the monarch in a formal ceremony. In that ritual, known as homage, the subject knelt and placed his hands between those of his lord, symbolically surrendering himself and putting himself at the lord's disposal and under his jurisdiction. A bond was thus forged between the two; the vassal's part was to revere and serve his lord, and the lord's role was to protect the vassal and his family. Over time, homage was extended from the ceremony to the acts of duty and respect done for the lord, and eventually to any respectful act or tribute.

Examples of homage in a Sentence

The book is a deeply personal homage to her favorite city. the poem is a moving homage to all who have served in our nation's armed services

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As a fan of the genre, Lisa couldn't resist paying homage to some of the movies that inspired her set design. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Netflix Has Hidden All Kinds Of Easter Eggs In The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina House," 25 Oct. 2018 If design is Helsinki’s national religion, Alvar Aalto is its patron saint: There’s scarcely a public building or neighborhood restaurant that doesn’t pay homage to him in some way. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Helsinki Should Be Your Next City Break in Europe," 2 Sep. 2018 The property was abandoned for quite some time but Madame Sibuet wanted to pay homage to its plantation and colonial style heritage, researching old books unearthed in the hotel’s library in search of inspiration of traditional West Indies design. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "This resort is a design lover's paradise.," 9 Aug. 2018 Anyone with a passing familiarity with Italian cinema knows its artistic reputation, and Suspiria (2018) pays homage to that kind of visually stunning, edge-pushing filmmaking whenever possible. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 The design paid homage to the iconic Allianz Arena, home to German Bundesliga soccer powerhouse Bayern Munich, and features a canopy and out-facing facade that can be illuminated with LED lights reflected off translucent material. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati reveals training complex plans, stadium details coming Friday," 26 June 2018 Fizell said the mural was designed to pay homage to the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision that led to the desegregation of schools in the United States. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Protesting Trump, artist adds immigrant child to Kansas mural. It lasts only 3 days," 25 June 2018 PGA Tour Grill will pay homage to the late professional legend Arnold Palmer who lived in Central Florida and owned the Bay Hill golf course. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Foxtail Coffee, craft beer coming to Orlando airport's new south terminal," 22 June 2018 Or pay homage to the legendary anti-racist activist Angela Davis, with a giant Afro and a tiny skirt. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Why Are History’s Fiercest Female Icons Still Embarrassingly Absent at the Halloween Store?," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of homage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for homage

Middle English, from Anglo-French homage, omage, from home man, vassal, from Latin homin-, homo human being; akin to Old English guma human being, Latin humus earth — more at humble

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English Language Learners Definition of homage

: respect or honor

: something that is done to honor someone or something


hom·​age | \ˈä-mij, ˈhä-\

Kids Definition of homage

1 : a feudal ceremony in which a person pledges loyalty to a lord and becomes a vassal

2 : respect entry 1 sense 1 We paid homage to our ancestors.

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