from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ceremonial acknowledgment by a vassal of allegiance to his lord under feudal law.
- n. Special honor or respect shown or expressed publicly. See Synonyms at honor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In feudalism, the formal oath of a vassal to honor his or her lord's rights.
- n. A demonstration of respect, such as towards an individual after their retirement or death
- n. An artistic work imitating another in a flattering style. Recently, the pronunciation /oʊˈmɒːʒ/ has been introduced from French for this usage; see hommage, which preserves the French spelling.
- v. To pay reverence to by external action.
- v. To cause to pay homage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A symbolical acknowledgment made by a feudal tenant to, and in the presence of, his lord, on receiving investiture of fee, or coming to it by succession, that he was his man, or vassal; profession of fealty to a sovereign.
- n. Respect or reverential regard; deference; especially, respect paid by external action; obeisance.
- n. Reverence directed to the Supreme Being; reverential worship; devout affection.
- transitive v. To pay reverence to by external action.
- transitive v. To cause to pay homage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In feudal law, an admission or acknowledgment to the lord of tenure under him; the public ceremony that bound the vassal to the lord, whose man he thereupon became, and of whom he held the land for which he was to render his service.
- n. Respect or reverence paid by external action; obeisance; respectful or reverential regard; deferential feeling; reverence.
- n. The copyholders or tenants of a manor in attendance to do their duty in a court-baron.
- To profess fealty to; pay respect to by external action; reverence.
- To cause to pay homage; bring under subjection.
- To pay respect; profess fealty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. respectful deference
Middle English, from Old French, probably from omne, homme, man, from Latin homō, homin-; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English homage, from Old French homage, hommage, from Medieval Latin hominaticum ("homage, the service of a vassal or 'man'"), from Latin homo ("a man, in Medieval Latin a vassal"). (Wiktionary)