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

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At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, guests will find a photo moment with the three-dimensional artwork of Ursula and her tentacles, while the Disneyland Hotel pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion with themed décor. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Tips From Disney Expert: 13 ‘Spooktacular’ Photo Moments During Halloween Time," 15 Sep. 2019 In his 1877 book, Travels in the Footsteps of Bruce in Algeria and Tunis, Playfair paid homage to his consular predecessor, visiting some of the sites Bruce had recorded. Rubén Montoya, National Geographic, "The Sahara buried this ancient Roman city—preserving it for centuries," 30 July 2019 In honor of the league’s 100th season, each of the 32 team hats pays homage to the year the franchise was established. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Browns will wear this retro cap on the sidelines this season," 29 July 2019 As part of the NFL 100 celebration, the Bengals paid homage to Dayton by opening up training in the city. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "History and football: Bengals have practice in Dayton to celebrate 100 years of football," 27 July 2019 Taking a cue from John McCain Sinema paid homage to McCain, who died Aug. 25, 2018, after a battle with brain cancer. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sen. Kyrsten Sinema delivers maiden Senate speech invoking veterans, Sen. John McCain," 23 July 2019 Frapin recently unveiled the latest offering in its range—an entry-level bottle that pays homage to the house’s roots in Cognac (the name: Frapin 1270) while relying on newer distillation techniques. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "How Cognac Is Made (and How to Enjoy It)," 4 June 2019 So this whole things started with paying homage to those pioneers of the blues that were here in Aurora. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "Blues on the Fox drops price, brings in new acts," 4 June 2019 The video, which already has 47 million views in two weeks, is an homage to hits from the early 2000s, including works by Beyoncé, Ciara, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and others. Emily Yahr, BostonGlobe.com, "MTV VMAs: 5 things to know, from Missy Elliott’s moment to John Travolta’s gaffe," 27 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of homage

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


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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