trib·ute /ˈtrɪ(ˌ)bjut, bjət/
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. --Gray.
3. Mining A certain proportion of the ore raised, or of its value, given to the miner as his recompense.
Tribute money, money paid as a tribute or tax.
Tribute pitch. Mining See under Tributer. [Eng.]
Syn: -- See Subsidy.
Trib·ute, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tributing.] To pay as tribute. [R.]
n 1: 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:
a tax imposed by a king on his subjects (2 Sam. 20:24; 1 Kings
4:6; Rom. 13:6). In Matt. 17:24-27 the word denotes the temple
rate (the "didrachma," the "half-shekel," as rendered by the
R.V.) which was required to be paid for the support of the
temple by every Jew above twenty years of age (Ex. 30:12; 2
Kings 12:4; 2 Chr. 24:6, 9). It was not a civil but a religious
In Matt. 22:17, Mark 12:14, Luke 20:22, the word may be
interpreted as denoting the capitation tax which the Romans
imposed on the Jewish people. It may, however, be legitimately
regarded as denoting any tax whatever imposed by a foreign power
on the people of Israel. The "tribute money" shown to our Lord
(Matt. 22:19) was the denarius, bearing Caesar's superscription.
It was the tax paid by every Jew to the Romans. (See PENNY.)