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Definition of tribute noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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) The students presented a musical tribute to their beloved teacher upon his retirement.
  2. 2[singular] tribute to something/somebody showing the good effects or influence of something or someone 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
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