One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘tributes flooded in from friends and colleagues’
accolade, praise, commendation, acclaim, acclamation, salute, testimonial, paean, eulogy, panegyric, encomium, homage
celebration, exaltation, extolment, glorification
congratulations, compliments, plaudits
gift, present, offering
2‘it is a tribute to his determination that he ever played again’
testimony to, indication of, manifestation of, evidence of, proof of, attestation of
3‘the Vikings demanded tributes in silver’
payment, contribution, dues, levy, tax, duty, impost, tariff, charge
‘Mr Turnbull paid tribute to all the staff at the Airedale hospital’
praise, sing the praises of, speak highly of, express admiration of, commend, acclaim, take one's hat off to, applaud, salute, honour, show appreciation of, appreciate, recognize, acknowledge, give recognition to, show gratitude to, be grateful for, pay homage to, extol
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