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tribute (n.)

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.

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Definitions of tribute from WordNet

tribute (n.)
something given or done as an expression of esteem;
Synonyms: testimonial
tribute (n.)
payment by one nation for protection by another;
tribute (n.)
payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence;
Synonyms: protection
From wordnet.princeton.edu