Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Acknowledging the source and not relying on it too heavily comes under the term homage in my book - thus the protagonist in MSFU watching Chinatown on TV is in that realm - though a little too close to the source.

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  • One man grabbed him, Mr. Garr recalls, and said he couldn't prevent them from making such a display, which they called a homage to the dead man.

    Violence Roils Black Funeral Parlors

  • One such Tolkenian homage is his book The Science of Middle Earth; he's talking about that on 13 April at Cromer library.

    Writing

  • One guy who should pay serious homage is Weird Al - look what Jackson did for him.

    Maybe I'm just a cold-hearted jerk

  • A homage is planned later this month in a criterium in Oviedo in his native Asturias in northern Spain.

    Chechu Rubiera retires, supports Contador

  • We are glad to host this evening of some of America's finest fantasy authors in homage to an unclassifiable master of the weird, H.P. Lovecraft.

    The Montauk Club: Lovecraft Unbound, January 15, 2010

  • People who study complexity refer to these moments as lever points in homage to Archimedes, who said that if he had a lever to stand on, that he could raise the world.

    Scott Page: I Am, I Am, I Am 'Superman.' And So Are You!

  • By that I mean by paying homage is to stay close to the story, to also have the makeup be a big component, have the actor in the makeup being a big part of the movie and they liked the idea.

    Benicio del Toro Interview THE WOLFMAN – Collider.com

  • The Dakota on the West Side looks on with its imperial gaze as stately mansions on avenue 5 pay homage from the east.

    Jack Schimmelman: Central Park . . . a performance in four seasons (Autumn)

  • Footwear has been collected and a cannon has been constructed to toss shoes at an effigy of the much-maligned leader in homage to the Iraqi reporter who chucked his loafers at Mr. Bush last December and was sentenced last week to three years in prison.

    Not Welcome at All

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  • "Whose judgment scorns the homage flattery pays!"
    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 2, 2008

  • noun. hohm-ij. The magnitude of one's personal abode.

    January 3, 2007