Definitions for tributeˈtrɪb yut

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tribute, testimonial(noun)

    something given or done as an expression of esteem

  2. tribute(noun)

    payment by one nation for protection by another

  3. protection, tribute(noun)

    payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence

    "every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection"


  1. tribute(Noun)

    An acknowledgment of gratitude, respect or admiration; an accompanying gift.

    Please accept this as a tribute of our thanks.

  2. tribute(Noun)

    A payment made by one nation to another in submission.

  3. tribute(Noun)

    Extortion; protection money.

  4. tribute(Noun)

    A payment made by a feudal vassal to his lord.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tribute(noun)

    an annual or stated sum of money or other valuable thing, paid by one ruler or nation to another, either as an acknowledgment of submission, or as the price of peace and protection, or by virtue of some treaty; as, the Romans made their conquered countries pay tribute

  2. Tribute(noun)

    a personal contribution, as of money, praise, service, etc., made in token of services rendered, or as that which is due or deserved; as, a tribute of affection

  3. Tribute(noun)

    a certain proportion of the ore raised, or of its value, given to the miner as his recompense

  4. Tribute(verb)

    to pay as tribute


  1. Tribute

    A tribute is wealth, often in kind, that one party gives to another as a sign of respect or, as was often the case in historical contexts, of submission or allegiance. Various ancient states exacted tribute from the rulers of land which the state conquered or otherwise threatened to conquer. In case of alliances, lesser parties may pay tribute to more powerful parties as a sign of allegiance and often in order to finance projects that benefited both parties. Athens received tribute from the other cities of the Delian League. The empires of Assyria, Babylon, Carthage and Rome exacted tribute from their provinces and subject kingdoms. Ancient China received tribute from various states such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo, Indonesia and Central Asia. The Roman republic also exacted tribute in the form of payments equivalent to proportional property taxes for the purpose of waging war.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tribute' in Nouns Frequency: #2091

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