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[voh-ter-is] /ˈvoʊ tər ɪs/
noun, Now Rare.
a woman who is a votary.
Origin of votaress
First recorded in 1580-90; votar(y) + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All wait for the votaress, but she is detained by a crowd of friends.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
  • Her going was beautiful, yet the votaress was gradually passing her.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • But for at least two souls aboard the votaress they were more history than geography.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • The mother-superior took the votaress at her word, and left her then and there.

    The Lost Lady of Lone E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • He knew it as belonging to the older of the two men for whose coming aboard the votaress had delayed her start.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • Now the votaress tolled a single stroke, as if to cry: "Hail, friend, we take the starboard."

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • High beyond the votaress's bow the stars of the west swung as if they shifted southward.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • It found the votaress under full headway, with a physician aboard and Bayou Sara one great reach and two great bends behind.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • One of the shortenings was Shreve's Cut-off, made only twenty-one years before this birth year of the votaress.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • Well forward on her hurricane-deck her captain, whom many on the votaress pointed out by name, stood alone.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable

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