Definition of tribute in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtribyo͞ot/


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 Darwin
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  • 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.
accolade, praise, commendation, salute, testimonial, homage, eulogy, paean, panegyric;
congratulations, compliments, plaudits, appreciation;
gift, present, offering;
formal encomium
praise, 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
1.1 [in singular] Something resulting from something else and indicating its worth: his victory in the championship was a tribute to his persistence
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  • 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.
testimony, indication, manifestation, testament, evidence, proof, attestation
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 band
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  • 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 warfare
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  • 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.
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  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with tribute

attribute, contribute

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Syllabification: trib·ute

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