tribute

noun
trib·​ute | \ ˈtri-(ˌ)byüt How to pronounce tribute (audio) , -byət \

Definition of tribute

1a : something given or contributed voluntarily as due or deserved especially : a gift or service showing respect, gratitude, or affection a floral tribute
b : something (such as material evidence or a formal attestation) that indicates the worth, virtue, or effectiveness of the one in question the design is a tribute to his ingenuity
2a : a payment by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of protection also : the tax levied for such a payment
b(1) : an excessive tax, rental, or tariff imposed by a government, sovereign, lord, or landlord
(2) : an exorbitant charge levied by a person or group having the power of coercion
c : the liability to pay tribute

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encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise. encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing. received encomiums from literary critics eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person. delivered the eulogy at the funeral service panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment. her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act. the concert was a musical tribute to the early jazz masters citation applies to the formal praise of a person offered in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree. earned a citation for bravery

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Tribute originally took the form of things given from a weaker group to the dominant power of a region—a bit like the "protection money" the Mafia gets from small businesses after making them offers they can't refuse, though the older form of tribute actually did buy the weaker group some protection from enemy forces. Tribute could come in the form of valuables, cattle, or even produce, and might include the loan of warriors to strengthen the ruler's army. But when we "pay tribute" today, it's generally in the form of praise. And when we say, for instance, that a successful school "is a tribute to" the vision of its founder, we mean that its success is itself a form of praise for the person who founded it. And a "tribute band" is a rock group intended to honor a great band of the past.

Examples of tribute in a Sentence

The concert was a tribute to the musician. Yellow ribbons were tied on trees as a tribute to the soldiers at war. an event at which artists and musicians paid tribute to the famous composer The country was forced to pay tribute. The ruler paid a tribute every year.
Recent Examples on the Web In November 2021, Viscuso shared her latest tribute to the Justice League actor. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 13 May 2022 Mayor Joe Hogsett in his tribute to Anderson made note of the outcome. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 Ashley, who also shared the photo on Instagram as part of her own tribute to her mom, revealed in her caption that the shot was taken at Little Cat Creek, located in the girls' home state of Kentucky. Hattie Lindert, PEOPLE.com, 8 May 2022 It’s Designer Eye Palette into a theatrical look replete with thin, Clara Bow brows and two rows of lashes; her own Vaudeville tribute featured ombre shades of red eye-shadow and a centralized stamp of oxblood lipstick. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 3 May 2022 While Underwood mentioned Judd, the act that preceded her on the main stage, Brothers Osborne, took their tribute a step further. Chris Willman, Variety, 1 May 2022 Or spread the love and take these pun-tastic one-liners online as witty Father's Day captions to accompany your social media tribute to Dad. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 28 Apr. 2022 Pictures of your tribute will be in a gallery on the City’s social media pages. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 Her tribute to 95-year-old Bennett at the recent Grammy Awards was heartfelt. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tribute

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for tribute

Middle English tribut, from Latin tributum, from neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuere to allot, bestow, grant, pay, from tribus tribe

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17 May 2022

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“Tribute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tribute. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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tribute

noun
trib·​ute | \ ˈtri-byüt How to pronounce tribute (audio) \

Kids Definition of tribute

1 : something done, said, or given to show respect, gratitude, or affection
2 : a payment made by one ruler or state to another especially to gain peace

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