American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage.
- n. An attitude of deference or homage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Authority; subjection; power or right to demand obedience.
- n. Obedience.
- n. Deferential deportment.
- n. A bow or courtesy; an act of reverence, dutifulness, or deference.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Obedience.
- n. Deference or homage, or an expression of deference or respect; a bow; a curtsy.
- n. the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
- n. bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
- Middle English obeisaunce ("obedience, obeisance"), from Old French obeïssance, derived from obeïssant ("obedient"), participle of obeïr ("to obey"), from Latin oboedire, obedire; ob- ("to, for") + audire ("to hear"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English obeisaunce, from Old French obeissance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir, to obey; see obey. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Thou knowest with what joy I roamed over thy confines, and beheld the universal beauty that then was spread around; how tenderly I whispered through thy flowers, how joyfully I carried up their fragrant odours as a thank-offering to heaven; how merrily I sported on the hills, or taught the branches of thy lofty trees to bow, as in obeisance to Him who made them!”
“The kek would sweep inwards as the van roared along the lane; bowing in obeisance.”
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“And no American head of state should show "obeisance" to another head of state.”
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