hom·​age ˈä-mij How to pronounce homage (audio) ˈhä- How to pronounce homage (audio)
 sense 2b is often  ō-ˈmäzh
: a feudal ceremony by which a man acknowledges himself the vassal of a lord
: the relationship between a feudal lord and his vassal
: an act done or payment made in meeting the obligations due from a vassal to a feudal lord
: 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.
: 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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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 (or vassal) 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.

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of homage was in the 14th century


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Cite this Entry

“Homage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homage. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


hom·​age ˈ(h)äm-ij How to pronounce homage (audio)
: a ceremony in which a person pledged allegiance to a lord and became his vassal
: something done or given in fulfilling a vassal's duty to a lord
: respect entry 1 sense 2a, honor
paid homage to her

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