Definition of homage
- bowed in homage to the king
- Her work pays homage to women artists of the past.
- his long life filled with international homages to his unique musical talent
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Her book is a 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 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.
: respect or honor
: something that is done to honor someone or something
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