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tribute

[trib-yoot]
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noun
  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.
  3. a rent, tax, or the like, as that paid by a subject to a sovereign.
  4. any exacted or enforced payment or contribution.
  5. obligation or liability to make such payment.
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Origin of tribute

1300–50; Middle English tribut < Latin tribūtum a levied payment, noun use of neuter of past participle of tribuere to assign, allot, derivative of tribus tribe

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Historical Examples of tribute

  • It is a tribute to the memory and worth of one of his early friends at Eton.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • I noted the tribute to the staid painter, and nodded approvingly.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • The tribute that we pay to achievements that resembles, but do not equal, our own.

  • Sabbath or no Sabbath, the Glen cannot let him pass without some tribute of their pride.

  • The bosom received this tribute in its most engaging manner.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for tribute

tribute

noun
  1. a gift or statement made in acknowledgment, gratitude, or admiration
    1. a payment by one ruler or state to another, usually as an acknowledgment of submission
    2. any tax levied for such a payment
  2. (in feudal society) homage or a payment rendered by a vassal to his lord
  3. the obligation to pay tribute
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Word Origin for tribute

C14: from Latin tribūtum, from tribuere to grant (originally: to distribute among the tribes), from tribus tribe
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Word Origin and History for tribute

n.

mid-14c., "tax paid to a ruler or master for security or protection," from Latin tributum "tribute," literally "a thing contributed or paid," noun use of tributus, neuter past participle of tribuere "to pay, assign, grant," also "allot among the tribes or to a tribe," from tribus (see tribe). Sense of "offering, gift, token" is first recorded 1580s.

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