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ˈtrɪb yutTrib·ute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tribute, testimonialnoun

    something given or done as an expression of esteem

  2. tributenoun

    payment by one nation for protection by another

  3. protection, tributenoun

    payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence

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


  1. tributenoun

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

    Please accept this as a tribute of our thanks.

  2. tributenoun

    A payment made by one nation to another in submission.

  3. tributenoun

    Extortion; protection money.

  4. tributenoun

    A payment made by a feudal vassal to his lord.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRIBUTEnoun

    Payment made in acknowledgement; subjection.

    Etymology: tribut, Fr. tributum, Lat.

    The Lord’s tribute of the sheep was six hundred. Numb.

    They that received tribute money said, Doth not your master pay tribute? Mat. xvii. 2.

    She receives
    As tribute her warmth and light. John Milton.

    To acknowledge this was all he did exact;
    Small tribute, where the will to pay was act. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tributenoun

    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. Tributenoun

    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. Tributenoun

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

  4. Tributeverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tribute

    trib′ūt, n. a fixed amount paid at certain intervals by one nation to another for peace or protection: a personal contribution: acknowledgment, or homage paid.—adv. Trib′ūtarily.—n. Trib′utariness.—adj. Trib′ūtary, paying tribute: subject: yielding supplies of anything, subsidiary: paid in tribute.—n. one who pays tribute: a stream which contributes water to another.—ns. Trib′ute-mon′ey, money paid as tribute; Trib′ūter, a miner paid by a proportion of the ore raised. [L. tributumtribuĕre, to assign—tribus, a tribe.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tribute

    An annual or stated sum of money or other valuable thing, paid by one prince 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.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tribute in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tribute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Tribute in a Sentence

  1. Krista Vernoff:

    The writers, directors, casts and crews of' Grey's Anatomy' and' Station 19' worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season, keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege.

  2. Anthony David -LRB- @anthonydavidatl -RRB-:

    I just recently did a Bill Withers tribute and that was way more awkward than I thought.

  3. Paul Allen:

    To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor, as Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.

  4. Kelli Pearson:

    This tragedy came as a huge surprise. He was an amazing person, amazing family man and an amazing athlete, fortunately, we have this technology that allows us to do this huge tribute.

  5. Richard Budgett:

    To put The IOC in a nutshell, The IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015, there are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, and is competing under the rules of her federation, and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for The Olympic Games.

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