Definition of homage in US English:



  • 1Special honor or respect shown publicly.

    ‘they paid homage to the local boy who became president’
    ‘a masterly work written in homage to Beethoven’
    • ‘This is a film that pays homage to Bond's history without taking itself too seriously.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For his first solo album, he has lovingly crafted 11 homages, all doffing the cap to great soundtrack composers of the past.’
    • ‘There are plenty of homages to other epic films too.’
    • ‘A trip to Europe then allegedly resulted in an outpouring of homages to the old masters and to European architecture.’
    • ‘The tone was modern, and the films were tongue-in-cheek homages to the zombie greats.’
    • ‘I take many of the curator's sequences of images as homages to those the photographer once assembled himself.’
    • ‘Simply being a Royal Highness or Majesty today is not enough to earn such homage.’
    • ‘There are a actually a few specific things in the novel that are homages to his books.’
    respect, recognition, admiration, esteem, adulation, acclaim, acclamation, commendation, honour, reverence, worship
    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 acknowledgment of feudal allegiance.
      ‘a man doing homage to his personal lord’
      • ‘It was the homage of the new dynasty to the name and influence of the greatest general of his time.’
      • ‘The Scottish king submitted completely, offering liege homage and a 15,000 mark fine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Balliol therefore had to perform homage and fealty to Edward before his enthronement.’


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’).