noun hom·age \ˈä-mij, ˈhä- 2b is often ō-ˈmäzh\

Definition of homage

  1. 1a :  afeudal ceremony by which a man acknowledges himself the vassal of a lordb :  the relationship between a feudal lord and his vassalc :  an act done or payment made in meeting the obligations due from a vassal to a feudal lord

  2. 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 talent — People

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Examples of homage in a sentence

  1. Her book is a homage to her favorite city.

  2. the poem is a moving homage to all who have served in our nation's armed services

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of homage

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.

HOMAGE Defined for English Language Learners


noun hom·age \ˈä-mij, ˈhä- 2b is often ō-ˈmäzh\

Definition of homage for English Language Learners

  • : respect or honor

  • : something that is done to honor someone or something

HOMAGE Defined for Kids


noun hom·age \ˈä-mij, ˈhä-\

Definition of homage for Students

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

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

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