homage


homage
/(h)amaj/ In feudal law, a service (or the ceremony of rendering it) which a tenant was bound to perform to his lord on receiving investiture of a fee, or succeeding to it as heir, in acknowledgment of the tenure. It is described as the most honorable service of reverence that a free tenant might do to his lord. The ceremony was as follows: The tenant, being ungirt and with bare head, knelt before the lord, the latter sitting, and held his hands extended and joined between the hands of the lord, and said: "I become your man [homo] from this day forward, of life and limb and earthly honor, and to you will be faithful and loyal, and bear you faith, for the tenements that I claim to hold of you, saving the faith that I owe unto our sovereign lord the king, so help me God." The tenant then received a kiss from the lord. Homage could be done only to the lord himself. "Homage" is to be distinguished from "fealty," another incident of feudalism, and which consisted in the solemn oath of fidelity made by the vassal to the lord, whereas homage was merely an acknowledgment of tenure. If the homage was intended to include fealty, it was called "liege homage;" but otherwise it was called "simple homage."

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  • Homage — Hom age, n. [OF. homage, homenage, F. hommage, LL. hominaticum, homenaticum, from L. homo a man, LL. also, a client, servant, vassal; akin to L. humus earth, Gr.? on the ground, and E. groom in bridegroom. Cf. {Bridegroom}, {Human}.] 1. (Feud.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homage — [häm′ij, äm′ij] n. [ME < OFr hommage < ML hominaticum, vassal s service, homage < L homo, a man: see HOMO1] 1. Historical a) a public avowal of allegiance by a vassal to his lord b) an act done or thing given to show the relationship… …   English World dictionary

  • Homage — Hom age, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Homaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Homaging}.] [Cf. OF. hommager.] 1. To pay reverence to by external action. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to pay homage. [Obs.] Cowley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homage — I noun allegiance, attention, compliance, consideration, constancy, court, cultus, deference, devotedness, devotion, esteem, estimation, exaltation, faithfulness, fidelity, glorification, high regard, honor, humility, loyalty, obedience,… …   Law dictionary

  • homage — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. homage (12c., Mod.Fr. hommage) allegiance or respect for one s feudal lord, from homme man, from L. homo (gen. hominis) man (see HOMUNCULUS (Cf. homunculus)). Figurative sense of reverence, honor shown is from late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • Homage — Porté dans le Vaucluse, le nom s écrit aussi Hommage. Il semble que ce soit un toponyme (plusieurs hameaux et lieux dits en France s appellent l Hommage, les Hommages). On pensera à une terre détenue en hommage (lien de dépendance d un vassal à… …   Noms de famille

  • homage — reverence, deference, obeisance, *honor Analogous words: worship, adoration, veneration, reverence (see under REVERE): fealty, *fidelity, devotion, loyalty, allegiance: tribute, panegyric, eulogy, *encomium …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • homage — [n] devotion, admiration adoration, adulation, allegiance, awe, deference, duty, esteem, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, genuflection, honor, kneeling, loyalty, obeisance, praise, respect, reverence, service, tribute, worship; concepts 32,69 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • homage — ► NOUN ▪ honour or respect shown publicly. ORIGIN Old French, from Latin homo man ; in medieval times the word denoted the ceremony by which a vassal declared himself to be his feudal lord s ‘man’ …   English terms dictionary

  • Homage — For medieval usage see homage (medieval) and commendation ceremony, or Homage (disambiguation) Homage (from the French: Hommage ) is generally used in modern English to mean any public show of respect to someone to whom one feels indebted. In… …   Wikipedia