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Definitions for tribute
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"

Wiktionary

  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

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.

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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Numerology

  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. Angela Underwood Jacobs:

    Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, joined the ceremony to honor Underwood and to deliver an American flag to his family. Gov. Gavin Newsom sent an officer of the California Highway Patrol who presented the family with a California flag. In a separate video tribute, Wolf condemned the senseless cowardly violence that took Underwoods life. Officer Underwood gave his life protecting us and we owe him and his family and colleagues a debt of gratitude we will never be able to fully repay, said Wolf. George Phillips, childhood friend of slain Federal Protective Services Officer Dave Patrick Underwood, speaks during a memorial service for Underwood on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Pinole, Calif. Underwood was fatally shot as he was guarding the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, Calif., amid protests on May 29. (Associated Press) Underwood died from gunshot wounds in a drive-by shooting the night of May 29 as a protest in downtown Oakland that began peacefully sank into chaos. Underwood and a colleague were working that night as contract security officers for the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Protective Service. Federal authorities say the shooter used the protest as cover for the crime. Authorities say that Underwood was targeted because he wore a uniform. Last week, the FBI announced murder charges against Air Force Staff Sgt. Steve Carrillo. Authorities say Carrillo used the same homemade AR-15-style rifle eight days later to kill a Santa Cruz deputy in a hail of gunfire that wounded four other officers. Carrillo faces separate state charges for the June 6 fatal shooting of Santa Cruz County sheriffs Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller. Authorities allege that Carrillo, 32, had ties to the far-right, anti-government boogaloo movement and had hatched a plan to target federal law enforcement officials during the Oakland protest. Colleagues described Underwood as hard-working, highly respected and conscientious. Friends and family talked of his hearty laugh, his personal style he was a sharp dresser and his giving heart. When he stopped playing baseball as an adult, he donated to local youth organizations, so he could help kids find joy in the sport he loved. Underwood was the kind of guy you went to for advice, his older sister said. Hed always say, Angie, believe in yourself. Work hard, and ask for what you want, which is exactly what our mom and dad would have said.

  2. Candace Gutierrez:

    It's a tribute to the care that they get with our staff, their wild counterparts do not live as long because again their teeth wear down, their eyesight changes, even their hearing and their skin is sensitive.

  3. Zubac Clippers:

    We need to continue to build on what we have going right now, coming into this last stretch, starting with a game against the Lakers, we talked about one game at a time. We knew it was going to be a tough stretch. To go (4-4) against the opponents we had, it’s a tribute to the guys in the locker room.

  4. Congressman Antenor Duran:

    This initiative, as well as paying tribute to him seeks to ensure future generations know who this great Colombian, humanist, literary man and democrat was.

  5. J. W. Fulbright:

    The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.

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