homage

noun
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

Recent Examples on the Web

But this evening in Milan, designer Donatella Versace conjured up the punk undercurrents that run through the Italian fashion house, paying homage to that gold safety pin embellished gown from the Spring 1994 collection. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Glamorous Way to Go Grunge, Straight From the Versace Runway," 22 Feb. 2019 And London designer Mary Katrantzou’s winter 2018 collection included prints that paid homage to a series of posters from the 1923 Bauhaus Exhibition in Weimar, Germany. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 100-Year-Old German Art School That’s Still Influencing the Fashion World," 13 Feb. 2019 And London designer Mary Katrantzou’s winter 2018 collection included prints that paid homage to a series of posters from the 1923 Bauhaus Exhibition in Weimar, Germany. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "One Century Later, Bauhaus Is Still a Major Fashion Influence," 13 Feb. 2019 The three are teamed up against Jonathan Van Ness and Karamo Brown, who paid homage to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "UPDATE: Bobby Berk Returned To TV Last Night As Britney Spears," 18 Jan. 2019 Just days ago, Kylie appeared to pay a fashionable homage to another '90s pop icon, Britney Spears. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Let Kylie Jenner's Leather Corset Skirt Distract You from Her Incredible Backstreet Boys T-Shirt," 17 Dec. 2018 The hype was helped by Grande’s teases on social media, which hinted that the video would be a homage to Mean Girls, a movie that has become a cultural touchstone for millennials. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video had over 765,000 people watching live," 30 Nov. 2018 The first trailer for the video was a total homage to the movie Mean Girls. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Just Shared Behind-the-Scenes Footage From Her 'Thank U, Next' Video," 29 Nov. 2018 The Dangerous Woman era may be long over, but Ari still pays homage to it in the music video. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Easter Egg You Missed in Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” Music Video," 18 Jan. 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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homage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of homage

: respect or honor
: something that is done to honor someone or something

homage

noun
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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