- respect or reverence paid or rendered: In his speech he paid homage to Washington and Jefferson.
- the formal public acknowledgment by which a feudal tenant or vassal declared himself to be the man or vassal of his lord, owing him fealty and service.
- the relation thus established of a vassal to his lord.
- something done or given in acknowledgment or consideration of the worth of another: a Festschrift presented as an homage to a great teacher.
Origin of homage
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Examples from the Web for homage
This photograph references Voodoo and is homage to African slaves.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
Homage to soccer, celebration of its lights, denunciation of its shadows.The Literature of Futbol: 11 Great Books About Soccer
June 25, 2014
Brian Eno was the first one invited to do the soundtrack; after all, the film was intended as an homage to Andy Warhol.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie
June 2, 2014
The collection became an homage to "playful curiosities" from across the decades, including the Twenties, Thirties, and Fifties.Marchesa Goes Vintage
September 11, 2013
You prayed, if that's the word; but your homage was as personal and idiosyncratic as the note you shoved into it.Women: Talk To The Wall
June 14, 2013
Ask the lover who kneels in homage to one who has no attractions for others.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
I kneeled—I am ashamed to confess it—to do homage to the empty armour.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
She acknowledged their homage by bending her head, and giving them a quick look.A Tale of Two Cities
"I desired to offer my homage to your Eminence," said the young man.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Under the same degree of homage are the nation of the Mattiacians.Tacitus on Germany
- a public show of respect or honour towards someone or something (esp in the phrases pay or do homage to)
- (in feudal society)
- the act of respect and allegiance made by a vassal to his lordSee also fealty
- something done in acknowledgment of vassalage
- archaic, or poetic to render homage to
Word Origin and History for homage
late 13c., from Old French homage (12c., Modern French hommage) "allegiance or respect for one's feudal lord," from homme "man," from Latin homo (genitive hominis) "man" (see homunculus). Figurative sense of "reverence, honor shown" is from late 14c. As a verb, from 1590s (agent noun homager is from c.1400).