Homage Law and Legal Definition

Under feudal law, homage was the ceremonial acknowledgment by a vassal of allegiance to his lord of whom he held land or whose overlordship he accepted. The act of homage was construed to be the confirmation by the lord of the vassal's own rights.

In modern times, homage is generally used to mean any public show of respect to someone to whom one feels indebted. In this sense, a reference within a creative work to someone who greatly influenced the artist would be homage. Today, the term “homage” is typically used to denote a reference in a work of art or literature to another.