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tribute

noun

  1. (approval)  something given or done as an expression of esteem
    Synonyms: testimonial. Type of: approval
  2. (payment)  payment by one nation for protection by another
    Type of: payment
  3. (extortion)  payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
    Synonyms: protection. Type of: extortion

Etymology summary

"tax paid to a ruler or master for security or protection", from Latin tributum...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Tribute

wealth, often in kind, that one party gives to another as a sign of respect or, as was often the case in historical contexts, of submission or allegiance. Various ancient states exacted tribute from the rulers of land which the state conquered or ... (43 of 1738 words, 1 image)

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Tribute (disambiguation)

wealth that one party gives to another as a sign of respect, submission, or allegiance. Tribute may also refer to: Tribute (1980 film), a film adaptation of Bernard Slade's play (see below) | Tribute (2009 film), an American television film | Tribute ... (40 of 261 words, 23 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

tribute

a gift or statement made in acknowledgment, gratitude, or admiration | a payment by one ruler or state to another, usually as an acknowledgment of ... (24 of 505 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tribute

Merriam-Webster:

tribute | accolade [synonym, sense-specific] | citation [synonym, sense-specific] | commendation [synonym, sense-specific] | dithyramb [synonym, sense-specific] | eulogium [synonym, sense-specific] | eulogy [synonym, sense-specific] | homage [synonym, sense-specific] | hymn [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a payment by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of submission ... | something given or contributed voluntarily as due or deserved ; ... (24 of 272 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tribute

Oxford Dictionary:

tribute

an act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration | [singular] : something resulting from a particular quality or ... (23 of 202 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tribute

Macmillan British Dictionary:

tribute [countable/uncountable] | tributes [plural] | be a tribute to | pay tribute to

something that you do, say, or build to show that you respect and admire someone or something | in the past, money or other things that one leader had ... (28 of 139 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tribute

American Heritage Dictionary:

tribute

A gift, payment, declaration, or other acknowledgment of gratitude, respect, or admiration | Evidence attesting to some praiseworthy quality or ... (19 of 125 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

tribute

a regular payment of money, etc., made by one ruler or nation to another as ... | under feudalism, ; a tax paid by a vassal to an overlord ; the ... (30 of 104 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tribute

Random House Dictionary:

tribute

a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem. | a stated sum or other valuable consideration ... (24 of 86 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/tribute

Cambridge Dictionary:

tribute [entry 1] | pay tribute to someone/something | pay tribute to someone | pay tribute to something

something that you say, write or give which shows your respect and admiration for someone, especially on a formal occasion | "pay tribute to sb/sth": ... (24 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tribute 1

tribute [entry 2] | be a tribute to something/someone | be a tribute to something | be a tribute to someone

to show clearly how good, strong or effective something or someone is (12 of 61 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tribute 2

Wiktionary:

tribute | tributes [plural] | tributed [past tense] | tributing [present participle] | heriot [synonym, sense-specific] | Extortion [synonym, sense-specific]

An acknowledgment of gratitude, respect or admiration; an accompanying gift. | A payment made by one nation to another in submission. | Extortion; protection money. | A payment made by a feudal vassal to his lord. | [transitive] To pay as tribute. (38 of 41 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tribute

Encarta Dictionary:

tribute | tributes [plural]

something said or given to show gratitude, praise, or admiration | something that is indicative of a value, benefit, or good quality in somebody or ... (24 of 127 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861721777​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

tribute

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: "tax paid to a ruler or master for security or protection", from Latin tributum "tribute", literally "a thing contributed or paid", noun use of ... (26 of 56 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=tribute

Wiktionary:

tribute | tributes [plural] | tributed [past tense] | tributing [present participle]

Origin: 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... (31 of 37 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tribute

New World Dictionary:

tribute

Origin: Middle English tribut from Middle French from Latin tributum, neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuere, to assign, ... (18 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tribute

Oxford Dictionary:

tribute

Origin: late Middle English (in "..."): from Latin tributum, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of tribuere "assign" (originally "divide ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tribute

Merriam-Webster:

tribute

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English tribut, from Latin tributum, from neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuere to allot, bestow, grant, pay, from tribus tribe

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tribute

American Heritage Dictionary:

tribute

Origin: Middle English tribut, from Old French, from Latin tribūtum, from neuter past participle of tribuere, to pay, ... (17 of 23 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tribute

Collins Dictionary:

tribute

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin tribūtum, from tribuere to grant (originally: to distribute among the tribes), from tribustribe

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tributes

Encarta Dictionary:

tribute | tributes [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin tributum from tribuere "give out among the tribes" from tribus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861721777​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

tribute | tributes [plural] | tributed [past tense] | tributing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tribute"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tribute

Collins Dictionary:

tribute

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tribute"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tribute

Macmillan British Dictionary:

tribute [countable/uncountable] | tributes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tribute"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tribute

Macmillan American Dictionary:

tribute [countable/uncountable] | tributes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tribute"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/tribute

Cambridge Dictionary:

tribute [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "tribute"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "tribute"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tribute 1

the Free Dictionary:

tribute

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tribute"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tribute"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "tribute" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

tribute | tributes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "tribute"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

tribute

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tribute"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=tribut​02 word=tribute

YourDictionary Audio:

tribute

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tribute" by speech synthesizer

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