[ trib-yoot ]
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  1. a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.

  2. a stated sum or other valuable consideration paid by one sovereign or state to another in acknowledgment of subjugation or as the price of peace, security, protection, or the like.

  1. a rent, tax, or the like, as that paid by a subject to a sovereign.

  2. any exacted or enforced payment or contribution.

  3. obligation or liability to make such payment.

Origin of tribute

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English tribut, from Latin tribūtum “levied payment,” noun use of neuter past participle of tribuere “to assign, allot,” verb derivative of tribus tribe

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British Dictionary definitions for tribute


/ (ˈtrɪbjuːt) /

  1. a gift or statement made in acknowledgment, gratitude, or admiration

    • a payment by one ruler or state to another, usually as an acknowledgment of submission

    • any tax levied for such a payment

  1. (in feudal society) homage or a payment rendered by a vassal to his lord

  2. the obligation to pay tribute

Origin of tribute

C14: from Latin tribūtum, from tribuere to grant (originally: to distribute among the tribes), from tribus tribe

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