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1A person who shows reverence, dutiful respect, or honour to another; a worshipper.
2Feudal Law. A person who owes homage or fealty; one who holds land by homage. Now historical.
3A manorial tenant, especially one attending a manorial court, or the jury of such a court. Compare "homage". Now historical.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. Partly from homage + -er, and partly from Anglo-Norman homager person who owes homage.
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