[ hom-ij, om-; oh-mahzh ]
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  1. respect or reverence paid or rendered: In his speech he paid homage to Washington and Jefferson.

  2. 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.

  1. the relation thus established of a vassal to his lord.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English (h)omage, from Old French, equivalent to (h)ome “man” (from Latin hominem, accusative of homō; see Homo) + -age -age

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British Dictionary definitions for homage


/ (ˈhɒmɪdʒ) /

  1. a public show of respect or honour towards someone or something (esp in the phrases pay or do homage to)

  2. (in feudal society)

    • the act of respect and allegiance made by a vassal to his lord: See also fealty

    • something done in acknowledgment of vassalage

  1. archaic, or poetic to render homage to

Origin of homage

C13: from Old French, from home man, from Latin homo

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Cultural definitions for homage


Under feudalism, the personal submission of a vassal to a lord, by which the vassal pledged to serve the lord and the lord to protect the vassal.

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