tribute

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.

Primary Meanings of tribute

1.
n
something given or done as an expression of esteem
2.
n
payment by one nation for protection by another
Full Definitions of tribute
1

n something given or done as an expression of esteem

Synonyms:
testimonial
Type of:
approval, commendation
a message expressing a favorable opinion
2

n payment by one nation for protection by another

Type of:
defrayal, defrayment, payment
the act of paying money

n payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence

Synonyms:
protection
Type of:
extortion
the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)

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