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 payHer 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 Movie fans have begun paying homage to other site locations in the movie such as the mom and pop store supermarket and the long-dilapidated steps in an underdeveloped neighborhood of western Seoul, Ahyeon-dong. Joohee Cho, ABC News, "Seoul pizzeria raking in dough after 'Parasite' Oscar-win success," 19 Feb. 2020 With a vintage beauty look that pays homage to the most iconic era in rock 'n' roll, of course. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kaia Gerber's Rock 'n' Roll Beauty Is a Hit at the High Fidelity Premiere," 14 Feb. 2020 Pilcrow specializes in Agave spirits, so of course, Bennett is paying homage to the bar’s roots with the Amor 75 — Altos Reposado Tequila, grapefruit, Campari and cava. al, "Here’s where to drink in Birmingham for Valentine’s Day," 13 Feb. 2020 On a vacant grassy lot squeezed between several smoggy highways lies the property where Colombia’s government hopes to build a large museum paying homage to victims of the country’s long civil conflict. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "‘John R. Bolton, Truest Reaganaut,’ &c.," 28 Jan. 2020 The new Dumpling Time is casual and hip with street-art and neon signs on the walls, all of which pay homage to Asia’s night markets. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Dumpling Time opens new San Francisco location next to Chase Center," 3 Feb. 2020 Golfer Justin Thomas is paying homage to Kobe Bryant on the PGA Tour this week after the former basketball star’s death in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Justin Thomas aims to play with ‘Mamba mentality’," 30 Jan. 2020 For one, the JoBros are still making cheesy-funny videos, like their recent homage to the Kardashians. P. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "The Jonas Brothers Recreated a Pivotal "Camp Rock" Scene," 21 Jan. 2020 Nail techs across the country have paid their homage to Nipsey with sets that include his face, his lyrics, and the now famous shade of blue that honors him. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "20 Times We Loved How The Late Nipsey Hussle Was Memorialized On Nails In 2019," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Homage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homage. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce homage (audio) How to pronounce homage (audio)

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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