[hom-ij, om-]
respect or reverence paid or rendered: In his speech he paid homage to Washington and Jefferson.
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.
the relation thus established of a vassal to his lord.
something done or given in acknowledgment or consideration of the worth of another: a Festschrift presented as an homage to a great teacher.

1250–1300; Middle English (h)omage < Old French, equivalent to (h)ome man (< Latin hominem, accusative of homō; see Homo) + -age -age

1. deference, obeisance; honor, tribute. 3. fidelity, loyalty, devotion.

1. irreverence. 3. disloyalty.
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homage (ˈhɒmɪdʒ)
1.  a public show of respect or honour towards someone or something (esp in the phrases payordo homage to)
2.  in feudal society
 a.  See also fealty the act of respect and allegiance made by a vassal to his lord
 b.  something done in acknowledgment of vassalage
3.  archaic, poetic or to render homage to
[C13: from Old French, from home man, from Latin homo]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. homage "allegiance or respect for one's feudal lord," from homme "man," from L. homo (gen. hominis). Fig. sense of "reverence, honor shown" is from late 14c.
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homage definition

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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in European society, solemn acts of ritual by which a person became a vassal of a lord in feudal society. Homage was essentially the acknowledgment of the bond of tenure that existed between the two. It consisted of the vassal surrendering himself to the lord, symbolized by his kneeling and giving his joined hands to the lord, who clasped them in his own, thus accepting the surrender.

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Example sentences
Other senior politicians are lining up to pay homage.
Inside and out, the building is a spectacular public gesture of cultural homage.
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  thin as to require electron microscopy to locate.
The temple was filled with works of great artists and treasures of untold
  value, donated by believers as homage to the goddess.
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