A tribute is a sign of respect or admiration, an award to honor a person's accomplishments. A famous director receives a lifetime achievement award as a tribute to his many successful films.

We're most familiar with the use of the word tribute meaning to honor someone with words or an award. You can hear a tribute if you're lucky enough to attend an entertainment awards ceremony, or need to attend a funeral. Students will give a retiring teacher flowers as a tribute to her years of service in education. Tribute can also mean a kind of payment that's given from one nation to another.

Definitions of tribute
  1. noun
    something given or done as an expression of esteem
    synonyms: testimonial
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    type of:
    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
  2. noun
    payment by one nation for protection by another
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    type of:
    defrayal, defrayment, payment
    the act of paying money
  3. noun
    payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
    synonyms: protection
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    type of:
    the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
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