from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gift, payment, declaration, or other acknowledgment of gratitude, respect, or admiration: put up a plaque as a tribute to his generosity.
- n. Evidence attesting to some praiseworthy quality or characteristic: Winning the scholarship was a tribute to her hard work.
- n. A payment in money or other valuables made by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of protection or security.
- n. A tax imposed for such payment.
- n. Any payment exacted for protection.
- n. A payment or tax given by a feudal vassal to an overlord.
- n. The obligation to make such a payment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An acknowledgment of gratitude, respect or admiration; an accompanying gift.
- n. A payment made by one nation to another in submission.
- n. Extortion; protection money.
- n. A payment made by a feudal vassal to his lord.
- v. To pay as tribute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An annual or stated sum of money or other valuable thing, paid by one ruler or nation to another, either as an acknowledgment of submission, or as the price of peace and protection, or by virtue of some treaty.
- n. A personal contribution, as of money, praise, service, etc., made in token of services rendered, or as that which is due or deserved.
- n. A certain proportion of the ore raised, or of its value, given to the miner as his recompense.
- intransitive v. To pay as tribute.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stated sum of money or other valuable consideration paid by one prince or state to another in acknowledgment of submission, or as the price of peace, security, and protection, or by virtue of some treaty.
- n. The state of being liable for such a payment; the obligation of contributing.
- n. Formerly, that which was paid by a subject or a tenant to a sovereign or lord; a tax; rental.
- n. See the quotation.
- n. A contribution; an accretion.
- n. A personal acknowledgment or offering; a mark of devotion, gratitude, or respect.
- n. In mining, the proportion of ore or its value which a person doing tribute-work receives for his labor.
- To pay as tribute.
- To distribute; bestow; dispose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. payment by one nation for protection by another
- n. something given or done as an expression of esteem
- n. payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
Middle English tribut, from Old French, from Latin tribūtum, from neuter past participle of tribuere, to pay, distribute, from tribus, tribe; see tribe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French tribut, from Latin tributum ("tribute, literally 'a thing contributed or paid'"), neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuere ("to assign, allot, grant, give, bestow, etc."), usually derived, from tribus ("tribe"); see tribe. (Wiktionary)