- a movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture.
- deference or homage: The nobles gave obeisance to the new king.
Origin of obeisance
Examples from the Web for obeisance
Pani rose and made an obeisance, and brought forward a chair.A Little Girl in Old Detroit
Amanda Minnie Douglas
Jacintha came in with the tonic in a glass, and retired with an obeisance.White Lies
To the Governor-General, however, the Sultan must do obeisance.From Jungle to Java
Taking the offered money, she made an obeisance, and withdrew.Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter
Lawrence L. Lynch
The sisters sang their hymn, made their obeisance, and departed.Gryll Grange
Thomas Love Peacock
- an attitude of deference or homage
- a gesture expressing obeisance
Word Origin and History for obeisance
late 14c., "act or fact of obeying," from Old French obeissance "obedience, service, feudal duty" (13c.), from obeissant, present participle of obeir "obey," from Latin oboedire (see obey). Sense in English altered late 14c. to "bending or prostration of the body as a gesture of submission or respect" by confusion with abaisance. Related: Obeisant.