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



    BrE BrE//əʊˈbeɪsns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//oʊˈbiːsns//
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  1. 1[uncountable] respect for somebody/something or willingness to obey somebody to make/pay obeisance to somebody The general commands absolute obeisance.
  2. 2[countable] the act of bending your head or the upper part of your body in order to show respect for somebody/something to make a deep/low obeisance
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘obedience’): from Old French obeissance, from obeissant ‘obeying’, present participle of obeir.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: obeisance