Learner's definition of TRIBUTE
1 [count] : something that you say, give, or do to show respect or affection for someone
The concert was a tribute to the musician.
Yellow ribbons were tied on trees as a tribute to the soldiers at war.
floral tributes [=flowers that people send to a funeral or leave at a grave]
a tribute album [=a recording of a set of songs that another musician or musical group is known for performing]
an event at which artists and musicians paid tribute to the famous composer
2 [singular] : something that proves the good quality or effectiveness of something — + to 3 : money or goods that a ruler or country gives to another ruler or country especially for protection