/ trɪbjuːt /
ETYM Old Eng. tribut, Latin tributum, from tribuere, tributum, to bestow, grant, pay, allot, assign, originally, to a tribe, from tribus tribe; cf. French tribut. Related to Tribe, Attribute, Contribute.
1. Payment by one nation for protection by another.
2. Something given or done as an expression of esteem; SYN. testimonial.