Definition of tribute noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪbjuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪbjuːt//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] tribute (to somebody) an act, a statement or a gift that is intended to show your respect or admiration, especially for a dead person At her funeral her oldest friend paid tribute to her life and work. The crowd stood in silent tribute to those who had died in the war. This book is a fitting tribute to the bravery of the pioneers. floral tributes (= gifts of flowers at a funeral)
  2. 2[singular] tribute to something/somebody showing the good effects or influence of something/somebody His recovery is a tribute to the doctors' skill.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (especially in the past) money given by one country or ruler to another, especially in return for protection or for not being attacked
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (3)): from Latin tributum, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of tribuere ‘assign’ (originally ‘divide between tribes’), from tribus ‘tribe’.Extra examples He’ll be on the road with a Beatles tribute band. The President led the tributes to ‘a great statesman and a decent man’. The bridge is a remarkable tribute to the skill of the Victorian railway engineers. The couple paid tribute to the helicopter crew who rescued them. Thousands of people stood in silent tribute to the dead president. Tributes flooded in when her death was announced.
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