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 In the San Francisco Bay Area, thousands paid homage to the nation’s military fallen at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio and at the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum in Alameda, among other places. Scott Sandell, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Doja Cat paid homage to sci-fi classics including Signs, Poltergeist and the X-Files during her extraterrestrial (and extra delightful) performance at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Katie Bain, Billboard, 27 May 2021 Garcia paid homage to all the people lost during the pandemic, including several family members and two church family members. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2021 After making movies like RED, Allegiant, and The Captain, Schwentke took an approach to Snake Eyes that paid homage to his love of Japanese samurai movies, especially chanbara (sword-fighting films). Nick Romano, EW.com, 13 May 2021 Tom Ford first paid homage to Halston in his fall 1996 collection, and that kind of ’70s sizzle became a house code. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 13 May 2021 The record — his first since 2015 — was meant to be a new chapter for the superstar, brimming with electro-R&B material that paid homage to his life as a wife guy. Ilana Kaplan, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2021 For decades, ad campaigns, editorials, and runways paid homage to a very particular type of Brazilian woman: the Supermodel. Jessica Chia, Allure, 29 Apr. 2021 During the first period, the Hawks paid homage to Andrew Shaw on the video board, and both benches tapped their sticks in tribute as Shaw waved and watched from the stands. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Homage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homage. Accessed 12 Jun. 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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