from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Formal acknowledgment by a vassal of allegiance to his lord under feudal law.
  • noun Special honor or respect shown or expressed publicly. synonym: honor.
  • noun Something created or done in honor, admiration, or celebration of someone or something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To profess fealty to; pay respect to by external action; reverence.
  • To cause to pay homage; bring under subjection.
  • To pay respect; profess fealty.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Respect or reverence paid by external action; obeisance; respectful or reverential regard; deferential feeling; reverence.
  • noun The copyholders or tenants of a manor in attendance to do their duty in a court-baron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Feud. Law) 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.
  • noun Respect or reverential regard; deference; especially, respect paid by external action; obeisance.
  • noun Reverence directed to the Supreme Being; reverential worship; devout affection.
  • transitive verb rare To pay reverence to by external action.
  • transitive verb obsolete To cause to pay homage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical In feudalism, the formal oath of a vassal to honor his or her lord's rights.
  • noun A demonstration of respect, such as towards an individual after their retirement or death
  • noun 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.
  • verb obsolete To pay reverence to by external action.
  • verb obsolete To cause to pay homage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun respectful deference


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, probably from omne, homme, man, from Latin homō, homin-; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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