hom·age | \ˈä-mij, ˈhä-, 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

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The chocolate business was an act of homage to his father Sadek, who in 1931 had brought back chocolate samples from Paris and tested them on sceptical Syrians. The Economist, "Bassam Ghraoui died on May 1st," 10 May 2018 In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. David Grunfeld, NOLA.com, "Celebrating Palm Sunday at Mary Queen of Peace in Mandeville," 26 Mar. 2018 That notion put me on the road to Russell in an act of homage to partisanship of a more positive variety. David Von Drehle | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Our leaders could learn from Bob Dole: Country before party," 4 Feb. 2018 The potential summer banger is peppered with New Orleans bounce flavor and Drake makes sure to pay homage to a couple of 504 legends by sampling Lil Wayne and the late Magnolia Shorty. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 The Larry, whose name pays homage to the building's former name, The Lawrence, is the newest addition to Conceptually Social, the same brand behind Be Coffee and The Dressing Room. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "The Larry restaurant, catering business will bring eclectic menu to downtown Phoenix," 13 July 2018 After several years and world travels, the pair has returned to their Baltimore roots to open Le Comptoir du Vin, a bistro and wine bar that pays homage to a favorite cafe in Lyon, France. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "European-style cafe and wine bar coming to Station North," 13 July 2018 Taofeek held a presentation for his brand Head of State+'s spring/summer 2019 collection, which paid homage to 70s afro-futurism styles and West African youth culture. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Taofeek Abijako Is Youngest Designer to Show at Men's NYFW," 13 July 2018 Then there was a separate series of denims and work clothes that paid homage to the wellspring of his creativity: the streets of East Los Angeles and the South Bronx in the last years of the 20th century. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 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, 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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