Definition of homage in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Special honour or respect shown publicly.

    ‘many villagers come here to pay homage to the Virgin’
    [count noun] ‘Daniel's films were a homage to her’
    • ‘Hopefully as I embark on a long and fruitful career in the film business, there will be various homages to various directors I have respect for.’
    • ‘I take many of the curator's sequences of images as homages to those the photographer once assembled himself.’
    • ‘Singer, who is a fan of the classic comics, throws in enough nods and homages to the original four-colour X-Men stories to keep old fans happy, while not confusing the new fans.’
    • ‘It all adds up to masterfully constructed entertainment that hasn't lost any of its impact over four decades of homages and rip-offs.’
    • ‘There are plenty of homages to other epic films too.’
    • ‘In fact, it's obvious he utilized many other styles and shots from other directors, and affectionately refers to these as homages during the commentary.’
    • ‘For his first solo album, he has lovingly crafted 11 homages, all doffing the cap to great soundtrack composers of the past.’
    • ‘A trip to Europe then allegedly resulted in an outpouring of homages to the old masters and to European architecture.’
    • ‘‘I noticed that I'm being asked more and more to go to homages for my dear friends, who are now departed,’ she says wistfully.’
    • ‘There are a actually a few specific things in the novel that are homages to his books.’
    • ‘Simply being a Royal Highness or Majesty today is not enough to earn such homage.’
    • ‘This is a film that pays homage to Bond's history without taking itself too seriously.’
    • ‘The tone was modern, and the films were tongue-in-cheek homages to the zombie greats.’
    respect, recognition, admiration, esteem, adulation, acclaim, acclamation, commendation, honour, reverence, worship
    tribute, acknowledgement, eulogy, accolade, panegyric, paean, encomium, salute
    honour, acclaim, applaud, praise, commend, extol, salute, celebrate, commemorate, glorify, laud, magnify, pay tribute to, sing the praises of, give recognition to, speak highly of, take one's hat off to
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    1. 1.1historical Formal public acknowledgement of feudal allegiance.
      ‘a man doing homage to his personal lord’
      • ‘The Bishop of Carlisle put his hand to the Queen's hand and did homage first.’
      • ‘Arthur duly did Philip homage and in July he invaded Poitou while Philip attacked Normandy.’
      • ‘It was the homage of the new dynasty to the name and influence of the greatest general of his time.’
      • ‘Balliol therefore had to perform homage and fealty to Edward before his enthronement.’
      • ‘The Scottish king submitted completely, offering liege homage and a 15,000 mark fine.’


Middle English: Old French, from medieval Latin hominaticum, from Latin homo, homin- man (the original use of the word denoted the ceremony by which a vassal declared himself to be his lord's ‘man’).