Definitions for tributeˈtrɪb yut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trib•uteˈtrɪb yut(n.)

  1. a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or as an expression 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.

    Category: Government

  3. a rent, tax, or the like, as that paid by a subject to a sovereign.

    Category: Government

  4. any enforced payment or contribution.

    Category: Government

  5. obligation to make such payment.

    Category: Government

Origin of tribute:

1300–50; ME tribut < L tribūtum a levied payment, n. use of neut. ptp. of tribuere to assign, allot, der. of tribustribe

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tribute(noun)ˈtrɪb yut

    sth that is done to honor sb

    a memorial in tribute to those who died

  2. tributeˈtrɪb yut

    to do sth to honor sb

    In the speech he pays tribute to his parents.

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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


Translations for tribute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tribute(noun)

(an) expression of praise, thanks etc

This statue has been erected as a tribute to a great man; We must pay tribute to his great courage.

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