hom·​age | \ ˈä-mij How to pronounce homage (audio) , ˈhä-, sense 2b is often ō-ˈmäzh How to pronounce homage (audio) \

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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On the day of the hearing, protesters wore teal as an homage to Anita Hill, who wore the color during her historic 1991 testimony against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "11 pieces of clothing that explain 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Fittingly, her home also serves as an homage to family and friends. Kate Donnelly, Town & Country, "At Home with Texas Philanthropist Lynn Wyatt," 19 Oct. 2018 Th e image was based on an iconic photo illustration by Bob Gill that was published on the cover of the Art Directors Club Annual in 1986, and it was meant as a homage to Gill’s work. New York Times, "Corrections: July 1, 2018," 30 June 2018 Two Swiss players have been fined by FIFA for making a hand symbol after their victory over Serbia that was interpreted by many as an homage to the Albanian flag. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Shut up and dribble? Not in basketball. Certainly not in soccer," 25 June 2018 Trendy models might come sporting graffiti designs by name-brand artists, created as an homage to the 1970s-era trains. Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, "The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair," 9 June 2018 It is structured as a classical hero’s journey, in four chapters, as an homage to the four gospels. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "Director Kate Novack explores fabulousness, outside the box," 24 May 2018 As an homage to New York, Laurice Rahmé, the founder of the fragrance house created this scent for men and women to inspire peace and harmony. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "Scent Memo for Spring: Citrus," 8 May 2018 Case in point: Jenna Lyons memorably paired a denim jean jacket with a bright pink satin skirt as an homage to eccentric, pink-loving designer Elsa Schiaparelli for 2012’s Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations theme. Cady Lang, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Met Gala, 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'," 27 Apr. 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 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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