obeisance


obei·sance

noun \ō-ˈbē-sən(t)s, ə-, -ˈbā-\

: a movement of your body (such as bowing) that shows respect for someone or something

: respect for someone or something

Full Definition of OBEISANCE

1
:  a movement of the body made in token of respect or submission :  bow
2
:  acknowledgment of another's superiority or importance :  homage <makes obeisance to her mentors>
obei·sant \-sənt\ adjective
obei·sant·ly adverb

Origin of OBEISANCE

Middle English obeisaunce obedience, obeisance, from Anglo-French obeisance, from obeissant, present participle of obeir to obey
First Known Use: 14th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: o–be–joyful
Previous Word in the Dictionary: obedient plant
All Words Near: obeisance

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up obeisance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More