An example of obeisance is bowing down before a king and kissing his hand.
Origin of obeisance
- Middle English obeisaunce from Old French obeissance from obeissant present participle of obeir to obey obey
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English obeisaunce (“obedience, obeisance"), from Old French obeÃ¯ssance, derived from obeÃ¯ssant (“obedient"), participle of obeÃ¯r (“to obey"), from Latin oboedire, obedire; ob- (“to, for") + audire (“to hear").