homage

   The word is now used for a public show of respect to someone or something. It was originally used for a formal statement of allegiance by one man to another. Hence its origin in Old French homage (modern French hommage), from home, 'man,' ultimately from Latin homo in this sense.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Homage — Hom age, n. [OF. homage, homenage, F. hommage, LL. hominaticum, homenaticum, from L. homo a man, LL. also, a client, servant, vassal; akin to L. humus earth, Gr.? on the ground, and E. groom in bridegroom. Cf. {Bridegroom}, {Human}.] 1. (Feud.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homage — [häm′ij, äm′ij] n. [ME < OFr hommage < ML hominaticum, vassal s service, homage < L homo, a man: see HOMO1] 1. Historical a) a public avowal of allegiance by a vassal to his lord b) an act done or thing given to show the relationship… …   English World dictionary

  • Homage — Hom age, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Homaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Homaging}.] [Cf. OF. hommager.] 1. To pay reverence to by external action. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to pay homage. [Obs.] Cowley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homage — I noun allegiance, attention, compliance, consideration, constancy, court, cultus, deference, devotedness, devotion, esteem, estimation, exaltation, faithfulness, fidelity, glorification, high regard, honor, humility, loyalty, obedience,… …   Law dictionary

  • homage — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. homage (12c., Mod.Fr. hommage) allegiance or respect for one s feudal lord, from homme man, from L. homo (gen. hominis) man (see HOMUNCULUS (Cf. homunculus)). Figurative sense of reverence, honor shown is from late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • Homage — Porté dans le Vaucluse, le nom s écrit aussi Hommage. Il semble que ce soit un toponyme (plusieurs hameaux et lieux dits en France s appellent l Hommage, les Hommages). On pensera à une terre détenue en hommage (lien de dépendance d un vassal à… …   Noms de famille

  • homage — reverence, deference, obeisance, *honor Analogous words: worship, adoration, veneration, reverence (see under REVERE): fealty, *fidelity, devotion, loyalty, allegiance: tribute, panegyric, eulogy, *encomium …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • homage — [n] devotion, admiration adoration, adulation, allegiance, awe, deference, duty, esteem, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, genuflection, honor, kneeling, loyalty, obeisance, praise, respect, reverence, service, tribute, worship; concepts 32,69 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • homage — ► NOUN ▪ honour or respect shown publicly. ORIGIN Old French, from Latin homo man ; in medieval times the word denoted the ceremony by which a vassal declared himself to be his feudal lord s ‘man’ …   English terms dictionary

  • Homage — For medieval usage see homage (medieval) and commendation ceremony, or Homage (disambiguation) Homage (from the French: Hommage ) is generally used in modern English to mean any public show of respect to someone to whom one feels indebted. In… …   Wikipedia

  • homage — /(h)amaj/ In feudal law, a service (or the ceremony of rendering it) which a tenant was bound to perform to his lord on receiving investiture of a fee, or succeeding to it as heir, in acknowledgment of the tenure. It is described as the most… …   Black's law dictionary

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