Definition of homage
1a : a feudal 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
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
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
Recent Examples of homage from the Web
Wearing a multicolored romper and kimono, funky shades and a big curly afro, Scott said her look paid homage to Diana Ross, who closed out Friday night's Essence Fest.
On the contrary, Genital Jousting is also meant to be a loving homage to the penis.
The Cannes festival, known as the Oscars of Advertising, for decades was an annual pilgrimage for the elite of the ad industry to applaud the best creative ideas of the year and pay homage to the superstars of the business.
George Washington's former residence pays homage to America's foremost founding father with tours of the 21-room mansion, its beautiful gardens, and a fully functioning distillery and gristmill.
Glimpses of Piscatella lurking in the background of scenes made for genuine tension, which was squashed by the show’s comedic homages to different horror movies.
And admittedly, the Mater-centric spy drama of Cars 2 wasn’t a patch on the first film’s homage to the world of stock-car racing and a peculiar little town barely clinging to life in the American Southwest.
Capsule: An enjoyable balance of homage and asserting Cantus’ individuality.
Young hard rock musicians paid loving homage to the music of their elders while aging artists attempted to reclaim their former glories.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of homage
HOMAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of homage for English Language Learners
: respect or honor
: something that is done to honor someone or something
HOMAGE Defined for Kids
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