|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]|
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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