Legal Definition and Related Resources of Homage

Meaning of Homage

The feudal meaning of the word is a service or the ceremony of rendering same which a tenant was bound to perform to his lord on receiving investiture or fee or on inheriting same. Homage created an obligation of assistance by the tenant to his lord, and of protection by the lord to his tenant. Liege homage was that paid to the king, without any saving or exception . Simple homage was by one subject to another, as where a tenant promised to be faithful to his lord, saving the faith he owed to the king.

Homage Alternative Definition

(anciently hominium, from homo). A mere acknowledgment of tenure made by a tenant by knight service upon investiture, in the following form: The tenant in fee or fee tail that holds by homage shall kneel upon both his knees, ungirded, and the lord shall sit and hold both the hands of his tenant between his hands, and the tenant shall say, “I become your man (homo) from this day forward of life and member, of earthly honor, and to you shall be faithful and true, and shall bear to you faith for the lands that I claim to hold of you, saving that faith that I owe to our lord the king”; and then the lord so sitting shall kiss him. The kiss is indispensable, except sometimes in the case of a woman. Du Cange. After this the oath of fealty is taken; but this may be taken by the steward, homage only by the lord. Termes de la Ley. This species of homage was called homagium planum or simplex (1 Sharswood, Bl. Comm. 367), to distinguish it ‘from homagium ligium, or liege homage, which included fealty and the services incident. Du Cange; Spelman. Liege homage was that homage in which allegiance was sworn without any reservation, and was therefore due only to the sovereign; and, as it came in time to be exacted without any actual holding from him, it sunk into the oath of allegiance. Termes de la Ley. The obligation of homage is mutual, binding the lord to protection of the vassal, as well as the vassal to fidelity. Fleta, lib. 3, c. 16.

Synonyms of Homage


  • allegiance
  • attention
  • compliance
  • consideration
  • constancy
  • court
  • cultus
  • deference
  • devotedness
  • devotion
  • esteem
  • estimation
  • exaltation
  • faithfulness
  • fidelity
  • glorification
  • high regard
  • honor
  • humility
  • loyalty
  • obedience
  • obeisance
  • observantia
  • regard
  • respect
  • reverence
  • service
  • servility
  • servitude
  • subjection
  • submission
  • submissiveness
  • subservience
  • veneration
  • verecundia

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See Also

  • Allegiance: Feud

Concept of “Homage, Homagium”

Traditional meaning of homage, homagium in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) An humble submission, an acknowledgment by the tenant in knight-service that he was the lord’s vassal, reserving only his faith to the King; see 2nd Book (“The Rights of Things”), Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England 45. Liege homage: such as is due the King independent of tenure, without any reservation; see 1st Book (“The Rights of Persons”), Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England 367. Homage ancestral: where a man and his heirs had held immemorially by homage, and the lord was bound to warranty; see 2nd Book (“The Rights of Things”), Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England 300. Homagium reddere: to renounce homage.


Notes and References

  • Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Homage, Homagium”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.
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