hom·​age | \ ˈä-mij How to pronounce homage (audio) , ˈhä- How to pronounce homage (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Her musical legacy remains vital and powerful, and co-writing the song with Andra gave me the opportunity to pay homage to Holiday’s enduring artistry. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jon Batiste, Andra Day & More React to 2021 Golden Globe Nominations," 3 Feb. 2021 Politics were notably absent from the ceremonies honoring Officer Sicknick, which began Tuesday, when President Biden traveled to the Capitol to pay homage. New York Times, "the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol," 3 Feb. 2021 Luu’s flavors pay homage to her late mother, Tam Tran. Beth D'addono, NOLA.com, "Bywater Brew Pub serves Anh Luu's Viet-Cajun cooking and debuts its beers in February," 25 Jan. 2021 According to Entertainment Online, Kelli Giddish placed the chipmunk on her character's desk as a homage to Amanda's roots in Georgia — which, interestingly, turns out to be the very place the actress is from, too. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "An Eagle-Eyed 'Law and Order: SVU' Fan Caught Something Very Interesting on Amanda’s Desk," 14 Jan. 2021 On Thursday afternoon, an elaborate ceremony was held on the Alexandre III bridge in central Paris to pay homage to two soldiers who were killed in Mali by an improvised explosive device that hit their armored vehicle on Saturday. Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, "France seeks strategy change to reduce troops in West Africa," 7 Jan. 2021 Artwork there pays homage to Bruce Falkenstein’s family, who owned the former Falkenstein’s Bakery just down the street. Sarah Bonnette | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Floor-to-ceiling windows let the Indoors and outdoors merge in a sleek Covington renovation," 30 Dec. 2020 Taylor Swift has been scrubbed from a famous Nashville mural that pays homage to country music legends, replaced by Brad Paisley. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Why Taylor Swift was replaced by Brad Paisley on a famed Nashville mural celebrating country legends," 28 Dec. 2020 The car pays homage to the open-roof A80 Supras of the 1990s. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Toyota Supra Gets a Commemorative Targa Top for SEMA," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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“Homage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homage. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce homage (audio) , 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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