Meaning of “tribute” in the English Dictionary

"tribute" in British English

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tributenoun

uk /ˈtrɪb.juːt/ us /ˈtrɪb.juːt/

tribute noun (RESPECTFUL ACTION)

C2 [ C or U ] something that you say, write, or give that shows your respect and admiration for someone, especially on a formal occasion:

Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world for the famous actor who died yesterday.
floral tributes (= flowers sent to someone's funeral)
pay tribute to sb/sth

C2 to praise someone or something:

The minister paid tribute to the men who had fought the blaze.

tribute noun (BENEFICIAL EFFECT)

be a tribute to sth/sb

to show clearly how good, strong, or effective something or someone is:

I've never met a five-year-old as well behaved as your son - he's a tribute to you!
It is a tribute to his determination over his 22 years that he has achieved so much.

(Definition of “tribute” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tribute" in American English

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tributenoun

us /ˈtrɪb·jut/

tribute noun (SHOW OF RESPECT)

[ C/U ] respect or admiration for someone, or a formal event at which respect and admiration are expressed:

[ U ] The memorial pays tribute to Africans brought here as slaves.
[ C ] There was a special tribute to Arthur Ashe by leading tennis players.

tribute noun (GOOD EFFECT)

[ C usually sing ] something showing the benefit or positive effect of something else:

His ability to cook and manage a household is a tribute to the training he received from his mother.

(Definition of “tribute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)