- 1An act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration: the video is a tribute to the musicals of the '40s a symposium organized to pay tribute to DarwinMore example sentences
accolade, praise, commendation, salute, testimonial, homage, eulogy, paean, panegyric; congratulations, compliments, plaudits, appreciation; gift, present, offering; bouquet• formal encomiumpraise, sing the praises of, speak highly of, commend, acclaim, tip one's hat to, applaud, salute, honor, show appreciation of, recognize, acknowledge, pay homage to, extol• formal laud
- Large crowds were present both days to pay their final tributes and respects to Mick O'Brien.
- Replying, John thanked all for the good wishes, the tributes and the gifts.
- Many travelled long distances to join in the tributes and pay their respects.
- 1.1 [in singular] Something resulting from something else and indicating its worth: his victory in the championship was a tribute to his persistenceMore example sentences
- Ellen raised a very large family and it is a tribute to her qualities as a great family woman that all of them have gone on to do well for themselves.
- Mr Oakley said it was a tribute to the safety features built into the car that Mr McNeil was freed with only minor injuries.
- It is a tribute to the quality of his unwavering line that neither has become half as hackneyed as it should have done.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting or relating to a group or musician that performs the music of a more famous one and typically imitates them in appearance and style of performance: an Abba tribute bandMore example sentences
- Popular Abba tribute band Bjorn Again will be topping the bill at this year's North Wiltshire Festival 2004.
- That's what I was doing last night with some other musos, preparing for a Syd Barrett tribute night this weekend.
- Because I think benefit / tribute albums are really terrible, usually.
- 2 • historical Payment made periodically by one state or ruler to another, especially as a sign of dependence: the king had at his disposal plunder and tribute amassed through warfareMore example sentences
- Provinces won in war could later be milked of tribute to enrich the Roman state and its rulers and to buy off any risk of discontent at home.
- Aztec musicians enjoyed high social prestige and exemption from tribute payments.
- It was a hallmark of free populations not to pay tribute, fees or taxes of this sort.
- 3 • historical A proportion of ore or its equivalent, paid to a miner for his work, or to the owner or lessor of a mine.More example sentences
- During 1867 Singleton employed a few miners on tribute working in an open cut.
- One of the first changes introduced by Vivian was to put some of the underground miners on tribute.
- The miner immediately receives his tribute or percentage for which he agreed to work.
late Middle English (sense 2): from Latin tributum, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of tribuere 'assign' (originally 'divide between tribes'), from tribus 'tribe'.