• WordNet 3.6
    • n tribute payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence "every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection"
    • n tribute payment by one nation for protection by another
    • n tribute something given or done as an expression of esteem
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A silent tribute to the brave A silent tribute to the brave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pearl Jam's first album, 10, was named in tribute of basketball player Mookie Blaylock who's number is 10
    • Tribute (Mining) A certain proportion of the ore raised, or of its value, given to the miner as his recompense.
    • Tribute 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."
    • Tribute 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 ."
    • v. i Tribute To pay as tribute.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The top selling song of all time is Elton John’s tribute to the late Princess Diana. Candle in the Wind 1997 has sold over 35 million copies worldwide
    • n tribute A stated sum of money or other valuable consideration paid by one prince or state to another in acknowledgment of submission, or as the price of peace, security, and protection, or by virtue of some treaty.
    • n tribute The state of being liable for such a payment; the obligation of contributing.
    • n tribute Formerly, that which was paid by a subject or a tenant to a sovereign or lord; a tax; rental.
    • n tribute See the quotation.
    • n tribute A contribution; an accretion.
    • n tribute A personal acknowledgment or offering; a mark of devotion, gratitude, or respect.
    • n tribute In mining, the proportion of ore or its value which a person doing tribute-work receives for his labor. Synonyms Duty, Impost, etc. See tax.
    • tribute To pay as tribute.
    • tribute To distribute; bestow; dispose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tribute trib′ūt a fixed amount paid at certain intervals by one nation to another for peace or protection: a personal contribution: acknowledgment, or homage paid
    • n Tribute one who pays tribute: a stream which contributes water to another
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.”
  • W. Secker
    W. Secker
    “Usually the greatest boasters are the smallest workers. The deep rivers pay a larger tribute to the sea than shallow brooks, and yet empty themselves with less noise.”
  • Jean Genet
    “The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.”
  • Thurgood Marshall
    Thurgood Marshall
    “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
    “Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.”
  • J. William Fulbright
    “The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

No finer fellow ever received more just tribute.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Egyptian officers collected tribute from rich Canaanite cities.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
What yachts, as a tribute to ourselves upon their own element, would we rather outsail than English yachts?
"Model Speeches for Practise" by Grenville Kleiser
What could she do to pay tribute to their courage?
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
They have already rendered a most precious tribute in their fidelity to us.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
After all, there was honest tribute in the speech of this son of hers.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
The tribute that the riotous Cossacks collected, whether from Siberia or America, was tribute in furs.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
He quieted them and let them return to their camps, after demanding from them a small tribute.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
The religious and military tribute paid to the first Americans to fall in battle, at Bathelmont, November 4, 1917.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
A well developed system of tribute seems to have prevailed, and it is often referred to by Xahila.
"The Annals of the Cakchiquels" by Daniel G. Brinton

In poetry:

If I were a woman of old,
What prayers I would pray for you, dear;
My pitiful tribute behold—
Not a prayer, but a tear.
"Impotens" by Amy Levy
The gazing herd, the beast of prey,
The creatures great and small
For thy behoof their tribute pay,
Thy husband made them all.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Upon the wave there is an anthem sweet,
Whispered in fear and love,
Sending a solemn tribute to the feet
Of Him who sits above.
"Thoughts At Sea" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Though we scorn the thought that fickle Fate
Has Destiny in her hand,
We all pay tribute at her gate
And bow low at her command.
"The Requirements Of The Hour" by Jared Barhite
And why should I this tribute ask?
Why crave from you this humble boon?
Because I knew you through life's morn,
And hope to know you in its noon.
"To - -" by Thomas Frederick Young
Bamford, an unknown friend would bring,
The best he can, his offering
Of humble verse to thee;
And sure a tribute is thy due,
From all who ever loved or knew
The Muse and Liberty!
"To Samuel Bamford," by Samuel Bamford

In news:

Here is a little tribute for those times and watch out for some language.
Music tribute to Ostfeld tonight marks historic role in Judaism.
Tony pays tribute to his mom as he shares his memories in this special Mother's Day weekend blog.
1-22-2012 Tributes to Jimmy Castor & Johnny Otis + Barry Adamson Interview.
A tribute to Mrs Doyle Hastings.
Jewish Democrats slammed Republicans for planning a tribute to Rep Ron Paul (R-Texas) at the Republican convention.
Dual- cavity bottle helps pay tribute to Jackie Robinson.
Fania Records Pays Tribute To Celia Cruz, The Legendary Queen Of Salsa Published September 26, 2007 By Paul Dryden.
Google's tribute to artist Paul Cézanne .
He will play a tribute from District 11, who is a past winner of the Hunger Games and will compete in the Quarter Quell.
Susan Cheever pays tribute to one of her favorite authors, Louis May Alcott.
Red Hot Chili Pepper 's Pay Tribute To The Guy Who Gave Them A Chance.
A tribute baked for Julia Child, the master chef of home cooking, on her 100th birthday.
At the BET Awards last month, Cissy Houston took part in a show-stealing tribute to her daughter, Whitney, that featured a medley sung by Monica and a poignant eulogy given by Mariah Carey.
This year's tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott was a who's who of heavy metal Gods.

In science:

Zhang, B. 2003, In: Stellar astrophysics - a tribute to Helmut A.
Wind braking of magnetars
This term hence converges to zero in L1 (P) and does not contribute to the limiting disε and dε , respectively. tribution.
Corrector Analysis of a Heterogeneous Multi-scale Scheme for Elliptic Equations with Random Potential
Generating functions of Legendre polynomials: a tribute to Fred Brafman.
Generalizations and simplifications of generating functions for Jacobi, Gegenbauer, Chebyshev and Legendre polynomials with definite integrals
Weissl, Random planar graphs with given average degree, in Combinatorics, Complexity and Chance, a tribute to Dominic Welsh (G.
Random graphs from a weighted minor-closed class
It is only the particles remaining in their first flight during the time t that con0 (cid:11) Ψ(t). tribute to the C (t).
Space-time velocity correlation function for random walks