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fitting tribute
▪ I thought the memorial was a fitting tribute to the President.
floral tributes (=flowers sent as a sign of respect after someone has died)
▪ There were floral tributes from his colleagues.
fulsome gratitude/praise/tribute etc
▪ The book contains a fulsome dedication to his wife.
tribute band
▪ This is a fitting tribute to the standards of basic training around the country.
▪ His son is hoping a set of stamps honouring his work will make a fitting tribute to the designer's genius.
▪ At her funeral, an old friend, Mr Philip Jones gave fitting tribute to her life and work.
▪ In a fitting tribute at his funeral reception, members of his family toasted his memory in peach wine.
▪ She says its a fitting tribute.
▪ It was, perhaps, a fitting tribute to one of Looe's least desirable visitors.
▪ It is a fitting tribute to Evans, whose centenary of starting work at Knossos will fall during the project's duration.
▪ And perhaps, as the spring draws on, there will be more floral tributes.
▪ Among the scores of floral tributes were those from her schoolfriends.
▪ Among the floral tributes was one from Everton football club.
▪ Surely his Cenotaph to Newton was the greatest tribute one visionary could pay to another?
▪ I pay a great tribute to Hideo and Nomura.
▪ The richer the vein was the less the tribute paid by the mine; the leaner the vein the greater the tribute.
▪ We felt that it was a great tribute to us and all our many comrades who made the supreme sacrifice.
▪ He rightly paid tribute to the West Midlands police for what they have done in this process.
▪ The new Bishop also paid tribute to the Ministry of Bishop Harris over the past 14 years.
▪ In declaring the factory open, paid tribute to the teamwork which went into the design and construction of the plant.
▪ Protestants who should have known better paid tribute to the Antichrist, the spiritual leader of the disloyal Catholics.
▪ John Motum, presenting his trophy, paid tribute to both the players and the coaches.
▪ Mr. Bowis I join my right hon. Friend in paying tribute to the design museum for the standard that it has set.
▪ There is no contradiction between paying tribute to those specialist services in London and pressing ahead with the reforms.
▪ I join my hon. Friend in paying tribute to all the staff in the health service.
▪ I pay a special tribute to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Overseas Development.
▪ Well compile a selection for special tribute in a future Lifestyle section.
▪ So warm were the tributes that the Chancellor finally started to smile and nod his thanks.
▪ Meanwhile, a warm letter of tribute to the amiable Williams appeared in the Rapid Cityjourna4 signed by eleven neighbor families.
▪ Bley leads another trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Jeff Williams, in this warm tribute to his ex-wife.
▪ I pay the warmest possible tribute to those organisations, which have made a magnificent contribution.
▪ The number of Dead tribute albums in various genres continues.
▪ Most tribute albums feature new performances of songs associated with a band, singer or songwriter.
▪ As well as his family, dozens of students were there to hear the college's vicar pay tribute to their friend.
▪ And they heard the Prime Minister pay tribute to them when they sat in on Question Time.
▪ Although Garfield's tone is a little dry, Mauve is a fitting tribute to the man who pioneered industrial chemistry.
▪ Linda Ronstadt narrates this fitting tribute to a Tucson treasure.
▪ All sorts of citizens instead continued to offer glowing tributes to the police and prosecutors.
▪ His friend Adam Smith wrote a tribute to him in a letter to William Strahan, which was subsequently published.
▪ Other pictures of Earnhardt, Earnhardt racing caps, written tributes, stuffed animals and candles also were on display.
▪ I pay tribute to him for his support for the Peace Train.
▪ I pay tribute to the work of the churches in my borough and other inner-London boroughs on this issue.
▪ In tribute, Clinton Thursday ordered all Arleigh Burke class destroyers to steam at noon for five minutes at 31 knots.
▪ Oag pays tribute to Yoyo Nakajima, senior trade advisor in Glasgow.
▪ That spool has a limited but steady sale to academics - a tribute to all the knowledge you had packed away.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tribute \Trib"ute\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tributing.] To pay as tribute. [R.]
--Whitlock (1654).


Tribute \Trib"ute\, n. [OE. tribut, L. tributum, fr. tribuere, tributum, to bestow, grant, pay, allot, assign, originally, to a tribe, from tribus tribe; cf. F. tribut. See Tribe, and cf. Attribute, Contribute.]

  1. An annual or stated sum of money or other valuable thing, paid by one ruler or nation to another, either as an acknowledgment of submission, or as the price of peace and protection, or by virtue of some treaty; as, the Romans made their conquered countries pay tribute.

    Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.
    --C. C. Pinckney.

  2. A personal contribution, as of money, praise, service, etc., made in token of services rendered, or as that which is due or deserved; as, a tribute of affection.

    Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.

  3. (Mining) A certain proportion of the ore raised, or of its value, given to the miner as his recompense.
    --Pryce. Tomlinson.

    Tribute money, money paid as a tribute or tax.

    Tribute pitch. (Mining) See under Tributer. [Eng.]

    Syn: See Subsidy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "stated sum of money or other valuable consideration paid by one ruler or country to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of peace or protection," from Anglo-French tribute, Old French tribut and directly from Latin tributum "tribute, a stated payment, a thing contributed or paid," noun use of neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuere "to pay, assign, grant," also "allot among the tribes or to a tribe," from tribus (see tribe). Sense of "offering, gift, token" is first recorded 1580s.


n. 1 An acknowledgment of gratitude, respect or admiration; an accompanying gift. 2 A payment made by one nation to another in submission. 3 extortion; protection money. 4 A payment made by a feudal vassal to his lord. 5 (context mining English) A certain proportion of the mined ore, or of its value, given to the miner as payment. vb. (context transitive English) To pay as tribute.

  1. n. something given or done as an expression of esteem [syn: testimonial]

  2. payment by one nation for protection by another

  3. payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence; "every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection" [syn: protection]


A tribute (from Latin tributum, contribution) is wealth, often in kind, that a party gives to another as a sign of respect or, as was often the case in historical contexts, of submission or allegiance. Various ancient states exacted tribute from the rulers of land which the state conquered or otherwise threatened to conquer. In case of alliances, lesser parties may pay tribute to more powerful parties as a sign of allegiance and often in order to finance projects that benefited both parties. To be called "tribute" a recognition by the payer of political submission to the payee is normally required; the large sums, essentially protection money, paid by the later Roman and Byzantine Empires to barbarian peoples to prevent them attacking imperial territory, would not usually be termed "tribute" as the Empire accepted no inferior political position. Payments by a superior political entity to an inferior one, made for various purposes, are described by terms including " subsidy".

The ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire is an example of an ancient tribute empire; one that made relatively few demands on its non-Persian subjects other than the regular payment of tribute, which might be gold, luxury goods, animals, soldiers or slaves. However failure to keep up the payments had dire consequences. The reliefs at Persepolis show processions of figures bearing varied types of tribute.

The medieval Mongol rulers of Russia likewise only expected tribute from the Russian states, which continued to govern themselves. Athens received tribute from the other cities of the Delian League. The empires of Assyria, Babylon, Carthage and Rome exacted tribute from their provinces and subject kingdoms. Ancient China received tribute from various states such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo, Indonesia and Central Asia. The Aztec Empire is another example. The Roman republic exacted tribute in the form of payments equivalent to proportional property taxes, for the purpose of waging war.

Tribute empires contrast with those like the Roman Empire, which more closely controlled and garrisoned subject territories. A tributary state is one that preserves its political position and such independence as it has only by paying tribute.

Tribute (Ozzy Osbourne album)

Tribute is a live album by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, featuring his work with hard rock guitarist Randy Rhoads, in whose honor the album was released. The album was released on 19 March 1987, five years after the death of Rhoads, then it was reissued on 22 August 1995, and again remastered and reissued in 2002. It peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Tribute (disambiguation)

A tribute is wealth that one party gives to another as a sign of respect, submission, or allegiance.

Tribute may also refer to:

Tribute (song)

"Tribute" is the first single of Tenacious D's self-titled debut album. It was released July 16, 2002. "Tribute" was the most requested video on Kerrang! TV in 2002. The song is a tribute to what Gass and Black refer to as "The Greatest Song in the World" (often confused as the song's title), which Tenacious D themselves came up with, but have since forgotten. It was released as a downloadable track for Rock Band in addition to appearing as a playable track for Guitar Hero Live.

Tribute (Yanni album)

Tribute is the third live album by Yanni, recorded live at the Taj Mahal, India and the Forbidden City, Beijing, China from March to May 1997 (see 1997 in music). The album peaked at #1 on " Billboard's "Top New Age Album" chart and at #21 on the " Billboard 200" chart in the same year. The corresponding concert tour in 1998 was the Tribute World Tour 1998.

Tribute (1980 film)

Tribute is a 1980 Canadian comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on the play of the same name by Bernard Slade. Both the stage and cinema versions starred Jack Lemmon.

Tribute (play)

Tribute is a play by Bernard Slade.

The plot focuses on Scottie Templeton, a popular actor who has spent his life shirking responsibility. When he discovers he is terminally ill with leukemia, he attempts to reconnect with his long-estranged son.

The play had extensive pre-Broadway runs in Boston, at the Colonial Theatre, and Toronto, at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Before the play opened on Broadway, producer Morton Gottlieb and author Bernard Slade, had sold the movie rights to Paramount for over $1 million. On the opening night party at Tavern on the Green, Gottlieb gave out checks to investors, for payment in full, without help from the movie sale. After four previews, the play's Broadway production opened on June 1, 1978 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Directed by Arthur Storch and starring Jack Lemmon, it ran for 212 performances. Jack had committed to do the play through November 1978. The cast included Robert Picardo, Catherine Hicks, and Rosemary Prinz. Lemmon was nominated for both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his performance.

In 1980, Slade adapted his play for a feature film directed by Bob Clark, with Lemmon recreating his performance in the lead role. The supporting cast included Robby Benson, Lee Remick, Colleen Dewhurst, John Marley, and Kim Cattrall.

Tribute (ballet)

Tribute is a ballet made by Christopher d'Amboise to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The première took place Saturday, June 4, 2005, at the School of American Ballet workshop performance, Juilliard Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The New York City Ballet première was Sunday, February 4, 2007, at the New York State Theater, also at Lincoln Center.

Tribute (ticket)

Tribute is one of the new generation of ticket issuing systems introduced to ticket offices by British Rail during the mid-1990s, prior to the privatisation of the network. PC-based, it is one of several systems trialled with the aim of replacing the aging APTIS system. The original systems was developed by British Rail Business Systems, and was first installed at London St Pancras on 21 January 1994. By April 2005, around 250 terminals were in use Following privatisation, development and support was provided to the train operating companies (TOCs) by SchlumbergerSema, until they were bought by Atos in 2004. Since the system was launched the software has undergone several major updates - release version 11 is now in use in ticket offices.

Today the Tribute software is owned by Atos. Development is guided by representatives from a number of TOCs, and several industry call centres. Development and systems integration work is undertaken by Atos.

Tribute (Paul Motian album)

Tribute is the second album by Paul Motian to be released on the ECM label. It was released in 1974 and features performances by Motian with Carlos Ward, Charlie Haden, Paul Metzke, and Sam Brown.

Tribute (Emilie-Claire Barlow album)

Tribute is the second album by the Canadian jazz singer and voice actress Emilie-Claire Barlow. It was released in 2001 and nominated for "Best Vocal Jazz Album" at the 2002 Juno Awards.

Tribute (2009 film)

Tribute, also known as Nora Roberts' Tribute, is a 2009 television film directed by Martha Coolidge, which stars Brittany Murphy and Jason Lewis. The film is based on the Nora Roberts novel of the same name. It is part of the Nora Roberts 2009 movie collection, which also includes Northern Lights, Midnight Bayou, and High Noon. The movie debuted April 11, 2009 on Lifetime

Tribute (Keith Jarrett album)

Tribute is a live album by American pianist Keith Jarrett's "Standards Trio" featuring Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette recorded in concert in October, 1989 at the Philharmonie in Cologne (Köln), West Germany and released on the ECM label.

Tribute (magazine)

Tribute is an entertainment industry magazine published by Tribute Entertainment Media Group that covers film, television, music, pop culture, celebrity lifestyle: beauty and fashion, and red carpet premieres. The magazine is read by over 1,500,000 and is distributed in Canadian theaters six times a year with a circulation of 500,000. Tribute features coverage of the latest news in Hollywood, film previews, fashion, gossip, movie-related books, music, trivia and feature contests. Tribute has provided coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival for more than 15 years.

Tribute (Roy Rogers album)

Tribute is the fourth studio album by American country music artist Roy Rogers. It was released in 1991 via RCA Records. The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Tribute (John Newman album)

Tribute is the debut studio album by English singer John Newman. It was released in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2013 by Universal and Island Records. The album includes the singles " Love Me Again", " Cheating", " Losing Sleep" and " Out of My Head". A deluxe edition of the album contains three bonus tracks. The album was produced by Ant Whiting, John Newman, Steve Booker and Mike Spencer. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.

Usage examples of "tribute".

Nevertheless I devoted ten minutes to the campaign in Italy and in paying my tribute to the Allied Armies there.

The pride of Corinth, again rising from her ruins with the honors of a Roman colony, exacted a tribute from the adjacent republics, for the purpose of defraying the games of the Isthmus, which were celebrated in the amphitheatre with the hunting of bears and panthers.

A seasonable relief was poured into Durazzo, and as soon as the besiegers had lost the command of the sea, the islands and maritime towns withdrew from the camp the supply of tribute and provision.

Instead of exercising the rights of conquest, we have been contented to impose such tributes as are requisite for your own preservation.

Sir Charles Lucas, that humane prince, suddenly recollecting the hard fate of his friends, paid them a tribute which none of his own unparalleled misfortunes ever extorted from him: he dissolved into a flood of tears.

Chinese arriving at Manilla are registered in a book kept for the purpose, for, as they pay tribute according to their occupation, the amount of it, and their numbers, are at once ascertained from that.

That they were manipulatable at all was a tribute to a few small dedicated families who had settled on their home world and made quite a nice business out of training and exporting the animals.

Amid cheers that rent the welkin, responded to by answering cheers from a big muster of henchmen on the distant Cambrian and Caledonian hills, the mastodontic pleasureship slowly moved away saluted by a final floral tribute from the representatives of the fair sex who were present in large numbers while, as it proceeded down the river, escorted by a flotilla of barges, the flags of the Ballast office and Custom House were dipped in salute as were also those of the electrical power station at the Pigeonhouse and the Poolbeg Light.

Within the gate of the Mellah, a shocket was killing fowls and taking his tribute of copper coins, but he stopped his work and fell back as the procession approached.

The ensuing silence, in a roomful of drunks in an advanced stage of wreckage, was a tribute to the periphrastic performance he was putting on.

There is such a planet which owes me a princeling as tribute and hostage.

The people of Kich began to look upon their new God, Quar, with a friendly eye and did not begrudge him his tribute or his demands for strict obedience.

Andrews has honourably sought to choose men distinguished for literary eminence, and to make the Rectorship a tribute at once of intellectual and moral esteem.

It was a tribute which remunerated me for the annoyances and cares of years: it was one of the very highest, may I not say the highest, honour I have through life received.

The revolt of the provinces circumscribed their dominions within the walls of Bagdad: but that capital still contained an innumerable multitude, vain of their past fortune, discontented with their present state, and oppressed by the demands of a treasury which had formerly been replenished by the spoil and tribute of nations.