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”) + -aticum (“pertaining to”). The pronunciation in /-ɑːʒ/ is influenced by French hommage.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈ(h)ɒmɪdʒ/, /ɒˈmɑːʒ/
- (General American) enPR: (h)ŏmʹĭj, ō-mäjʹ, IPA(key): /ˈ(h)ɑmɪdʒ/, /oʊˈmɑʒ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒmɪdʒ, -ɑːʒ
- Hyphenation: hom‧age
- (countable, uncountable) A demonstration of respect, such as towards an individual after their retirement or death
- 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women:
- When a man squeezes the hand of a pretty woman, ... she will consider such an impertinent freedom in the light of an insult, if she have any true delicacy, instead of being flattered by this unmeaning homage to beauty.
- 2006, New York Times
- It’s appropriate that we pay homage to them and the sacrifices they made.
- (countable) 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.
- (historical) In feudalism, the formal oath of a vassal to honor his or her lord's rights.
- 1593, William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona:
- We'll do thee homage, and be rul'd by thee,
Love thee as our commander and our king.
- Often used in the construction pay homage to.
- Because of the different pronunciations, homage is sometimes preceded by the article a and sometimes by an.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (transitive, obsolete) To pay reverence to by external action.
- (transitive, obsolete) To cause to pay homage.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowley to this entry?)
- homage in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- homage in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Homage (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- "'Homage'", Ben Zimmer, "On Language", The New York Times, November 5, 2010
homage (plural homages)
- An oath of loyalty to a liege performed by their vassal; a pledge of allegiance.
- Money given to a liege by a vassal or the privilege of collecting such money.
- A demonstration of respect or honor towards an individual (including prayer).
- (rare) Membership in an organised religion or belief system.
- (rare) The totality of a feudal lord's subjects when collected.