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tribute

[ trib-yoot ]
/ ˈtrɪb yut /
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Definition of tribute

noun
a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.
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.
a rent, tax, or the like, as that paid by a subject to a sovereign.
any exacted or enforced payment or contribution.
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 tribustribe
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British Dictionary definitions for tribute

tribute
/ (ˈtrɪbjuːt) /

noun
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
(in feudal society) homage or a payment rendered by a vassal to his lord
the obligation to pay tribute

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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