What does homage mean?

Definitions for homage
ˈhɒm ɪdʒ, ˈɒm-homage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. court, homagenoun

    respectful deference

    "pay court to the emperor"


  1. homagenoun

    In feudalism, the formal oath of a vassal to honor his or her lord's rights.

  2. homagenoun

    A demonstration of respect, such as towards an individual after their retirement or death

  3. homagenoun

    An artistic work imitating another in a flattering style. Recently, the pronunciation /ou02C8mu02D/ has been introduced from French for this usage; see hommage, which preserves the French spelling.

  4. homageverb

    To pay reverence to by external action.

  5. Etymology: From homage, from homage, hommage, from hominaticum, from homo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HOMAGEnoun

    Etymology: hommage, French; homagium, low Latin.

    Call my sovereign yours,
    And do him homage as obedient subjects. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    The chiefs, in a solemn manner, did their homages, and made their oaths of fidelity to the earl marshal. Davies.

    The gods great mother, when her heav’nly race
    Do homage to her. John Denham.

    A tuft of daisies on a flow’ry lay
    They saw, and thitherward they bent their way;
    To this both knights and dames their homage made,
    And due obeisance to the daisy paid. Dryden.

    Go, go, with homage yon proud victors meet!
    Go, lie like dogs beneath your masters feet. Dryden.

  2. To Homageverb

    To reverence by external action; to pay honour to; to profess fealty.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. homage

    Homage is a special honor, respect, or acknowledgement publicly expressed or demonstrated towards someone or something, often as a way of showing admiration or recognizing influence or importance. This can be shown in various ways, including through words, actions, creative works, or ceremonies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Homagenoun

    a symbolical acknowledgment made by a feudal tenant to, and in the presence of, his lord, on receiving investiture of fee, or coming to it by succession, that he was his man, or vassal; profession of fealty to a sovereign

  2. Homagenoun

    respect or reverential regard; deference; especially, respect paid by external action; obeisance

  3. Homagenoun

    reverence directed to the Supreme Being; reverential worship; devout affection

  4. Homageverb

    to pay reverence to by external action

  5. Homageverb

    to cause to pay homage

  6. Etymology: [Cf. OF. hommager.]


  1. Homage

    Homage is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic. It was originally a declaration of fealty in the feudal system —swearing that one was the man of the feudal lord. The concept then became used figuratively for an acknowledgement of quality or superiority. For example, a man might give homage to a lady, so honouring her beauty and other graces. In German scholarship, followers of a great scholar developed the custom of honouring their mentor by producing papers for a festschrift dedicated to him. The concept now often appears in the arts where one author shows respect to a topic by calling it an homage, such as Homage to Catalonia. Alternatively, creative artists may show respect to a veteran of the field or to an admired practitioner by alluding to their work. In rock music this can take the form of a tribute album or of a sample. As of 2010, the digital techniques used to generate many forms of media make it easy to borrow from other works and this remediation may be used in homage to them.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Homage

    hom′āj, n. the service due from a knight or vassal to his lord in feudal times, the vassal preferring to become his lord's man: the act of fealty: respect paid by external action: reverence directed to the Supreme Being: devout affection.—n. Hom′ager, one who does homage. [O. Fr. homage—Low L. homaticum—L. homo, a man.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of homage in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of homage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of homage in a Sentence

  1. Sir Thomas Browne:

    There is surely a piece of divinity in us, something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun.

  2. Matt Polk:

    Everyone in the room knew that she and Bob were finally together again, watching the festivities from box seats high above them all. The evening ended with a raucous audience singalong led by Bob's wife, Kelly Saget, and his daughters Aubrey and Lara. The ode, in homage to Bob's salty sense of humor, was ‘My Dog Licked My Balls,’ it's just an amazing special of music. Everybody gets up and sings ‘A Dog Licked My Balls,’.

  3. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller:

    Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

  5. Moustafa Mohamad:

    In doing what I did, I was not only trying to share the suffering of my compatriots, but also pay homage to the likes of Gandhi and Dr. King, who thought if suffering has to be endured for the social good, the activists should undergo it first.

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