See also: Tribute and tributé

English

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Etymology

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PIE word
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From Middle English [Term?], from Old French tribut, from Latin tributum (tribute, literally a thing contributed or paid), neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuō (to assign, allot), usually derived from tribus (tribe). See tribe.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹɪbjuːt/
  • Audio (US):(file)

Noun

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tribute (countable and uncountable, plural tributes)

  1. An acknowledgment of gratitude, respect or admiration; an accompanying gift.
    Please accept this as a tribute of our thanks.
    1. An homage made in a body of work to another work or creator.
      Did you catch the Up in Smoke tribute in that episode of That '70s Show?
  2. A payment made by one nation to another in submission.
    The Ancient Romans made their conquered countries pay tribute.
  3. Extortion; protection money.
  4. A payment made by a feudal vassal to his lord.
  5. (mining) A certain proportion of the mined ore, or of its value, given to the miner as payment.
    • 1778, William Pryce, Mineralogia Cornubiensis: A Treatise on Minerals, Mines, and Mining [] :
      The setting of a Copper Mine upon tribute , has this difference : the Tributor is at the sole expence of digging , raising , and dressing , all the Ore that can be made merchantable
    • 1852-1866, Charles Tomlinson, Cyclopaedia of Useful Arts and Manufactures
      Tut-work is also employed upon the lode itself, though from the advantages generally considered to arise from the tribute system []

Usage notes

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  • Often used in the construction pay tribute to.

Synonyms

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Derived terms

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Translations

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Verb

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tribute (third-person singular simple present tributes, present participle tributing, simple past and past participle tributed)

  1. (transitive) To pay as tribute.
    • 1654, Richard Whitlock, Zootomia:
      Amorous Trifler, that spendeth [] his Afternoones in discourse with Paint, or Lust, tributing most precious Minutes, to the Scepter of a Fanne.
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Further reading

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Anagrams

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Latin

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Participle

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tribūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of tribūtus

Portuguese

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Verb

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tribute

  1. inflection of tributar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Spanish

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Verb

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tribute

  1. inflection of tributar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative