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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Choose the Right Synonym for homage

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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Then there’s Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis’ homage to one of the South Side’s most revered past masters, pianist Willie Pickens. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago stories will unfold at 13th Hyde Park Jazz Festival," 7 June 2019 Bedroom 6: The Library An homage to Amazon’s roots. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Some interior design ideas for Jeff Bezos’ new $80 million NYC apartment," 6 June 2019 The canary-colored 16th-century monastery at the center of town was built on top of a Mesoamerican temple, and the color yellow continues to pay homage to the region’s Mayan roots. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 The theme, Artists and Muses, paid homage to the great Venetian artists of the Renaissance and the women who inspired them. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "This Year's Save Venice Masked Ball Was More Glam Than Ever," 1 May 2019 After Beyonce accepted the award Saturday night, the superstar paid homage to the people who were nominated in the same category as her. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Beyonce, ‘Black Panther’ win at 50th NAACP Image Awards," 1 Apr. 2019 The ensemble of award-winning artists all paid homage to the Queen of Soul during a variety of performances. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jennifer Hudson Performed at the Aretha Franklin Tribute and Fans Have a Lot of Thoughts," 11 Mar. 2019 On the day of the hearing, protesters wore teal as an homage to Anita Hill, who wore the color during her historic 1991 testimony against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "11 pieces of clothing that explain 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Fittingly, her home also serves as an homage to family and friends. Kate Donnelly, Town & Country, "At Home with Texas Philanthropist Lynn Wyatt," 19 Oct. 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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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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