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

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