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TOEFL BNC: 3939 COCA: 4953


tribute /ˈtrɪˌbjuːt/ noun
plural tributes
plural tributes
Learner's definition of TRIBUTE
[count] : something that you say, give, or do to show respect or affection for someone致敬;颂扬;称赞
[singular] : something that proves the good quality or effectiveness of something(良好质量或效果的)证明物,体现物+ to
: money or goods that a ruler or country gives to another ruler or country especially for protection贡金;贡品
TOEFL BNC: 3939 COCA: 4953



trib·​ute ˈtri-(ˌ)byüt How to pronounce tribute (audio)
: something given or contributed voluntarily as due or deserved
especially : a gift or service showing respect, gratitude, or affection
a floral tribute
: something (such as material evidence or a formal attestation) that indicates the worth, virtue, or effectiveness of the one in question
the design is a tribute to his ingenuity
: a payment by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of protection
also : the tax levied for such a payment
: an excessive tax, rental, or tariff imposed by a government, sovereign, lord, or landlord
: an exorbitant charge levied by a person or group having the power of coercion
: the liability to pay tribute

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Tribute originally took the form of things given from a weaker group to the dominant power of a region—a bit like the "protection money" the Mafia gets from small businesses after making them offers they can't refuse, though the older form of tribute actually did buy the weaker group some protection from enemy forces. Tribute could come in the form of valuables, cattle, or even produce, and might include the loan of warriors to strengthen the ruler's army. But when we "pay tribute" today, it's generally in the form of praise. And when we say, for instance, that a successful school "is a tribute to" the vision of its founder, we mean that its success is itself a form of praise for the person who founded it. And a "tribute band" is a rock group intended to honor a great band of the past.

Choose the Right Synonym for tribute

encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise.

encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing.

received encomiums from literary critics

eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person.

delivered the eulogy at the funeral service

panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment.

her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor

tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act.

the concert was a musical tribute to the early jazz masters

citation applies to the formal praise of a person offered in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree.

earned a citation for bravery

Example Sentences

The concert was a tribute to the musician. Yellow ribbons were tied on trees as a tribute to the soldiers at war. an event at which artists and musicians paid tribute to the famous composer The country was forced to pay tribute. The ruler paid a tribute every year.
Recent Examples on the Web Prince Harry used his grandmother Queen Elizabeth's own words in his touching tribute to her following her death on Thursday at age 96. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 On September 12, Prince Harry shared his personal tribute to the Queen. Kerry Mcdermott, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2022 New York Yankees fans loved seeing Derek Jeter back in the Bronx Friday night during his Hall of Fame induction tribute before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2022 Beatrice, too, left her own floral tribute to her late grandmother. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 10 Sep. 2022 Bezos also paid his only separate tribute to the Queen – along with a host of other business leaders – commenting on a tweet from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2022 Most fellow passengers who noticed his tribute have loved the minimalist-style tattoo, either out of a sense of hometown pride or nostalgia for the old days. Spencer Buell, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2022 Dame Helen Mirren's transcendent performance as Her Majesty won her the Academy Award for best actress in 2007, and her tribute in her acceptance speech is as apt a eulogy as any. Maria Puente And Jeff Stinson, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2022 Gibson debuted the tune on her tour for The Body Remembers as her heartfelt tribute to her mom. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History


Middle English tribut, from Latin tributum, from neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuere to allot, bestow, grant, pay, from tribus tribe

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tribute was in the 14th century
TOEFL BNC: 3939 COCA: 4953


1sth you say/do to show you respect/admire sb/sth致敬;頌詞ADJECTIVE | VERB + TRIBUTE | TRIBUTE + VERB | TRIBUTE + NOUN ADJECTIVEanniversary, birthday, memorial週年紀念日頌詞;生日祝詞;紀念祝詞final最後的致敬fine, fitting恰當的致敬lasting永久的稱讚affectionate, emotional, heartfelt, moving, touching, warm熱情的讚頌;感人的讚頌generous, glowing, loving, special慷慨的讚美;熱情的讚譽;特殊的讚譽silent (especially BrE) 默哀Thousands of people stood in silent tribute to the dead.數以千計的人為逝者肅立默哀。musical讚樂floral (BrE) 獻花Floral tributes were piled up outside the church.教堂外面放滿了敬獻的鮮花。VERB + TRIBUTEpay讚揚;致敬The couple paid tribute to the helicopter crew who rescued them.這對夫婦向救了他們性命的直升機機組人員表示敬意和感謝。give, write致敬;寫頌詞lead (especially BrE) 帶領眾人致敬The President led the tributes to 'a great statesman and a decent man'.總統帶領大家向“一位偉大的政治家和正直的人”致敬。TRIBUTE + VERBflood in, pour in (both especially BrE) 致辭的表示如潮水湧來Tributes flooded in when her death was announced.她去世的消息公佈後,人們紛紛表示哀悼。TRIBUTE + NOUNalbum, concert, show致敬唱片/音樂會/演出act, band演出助興;致敬樂隊He'll be on the road with a Beatles tribute band.他將參加披頭士致敬樂隊的巡演。


2sign of how good sb/sth is某人或某物優秀的標誌ADJECTIVE | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEgreat, remarkable充分的證明;非凡的標誌PREPOSITIONtribute to⋯的證明The bridge is a remarkable tribute to the skill of the early engineers.這座橋標誌着早期工程師們的傑出技藝。
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0_0: Translations of Tribute
  • # n.
    感謝辭: tribute
    貢: gifts to superiors, tribute
    貢物: tribute
    禮物: gift, giving, present, tribute

0_0: Definitions of Tribute
  • # noun.
    - an act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration.
    * the video is a tribute to the musicals of the 40s
    - payment made periodically by one state or ruler to another, especially as a sign of dependence.
    * the king had at his disposal plunder and tribute amassed through warfare
    - a proportion of ore or its equivalent, paid to a miner for his work, or to the owner or lessor of a mine.
    * None

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