- a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun.
- an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper of a particular deity or sacred personage.
- a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit: a votary of jazz.
- a devoted follower or admirer.
- consecrated by a vow.
- of or relating to a vow.
Origin of votary
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Examples from the Web for votaries
The votaries of the saint will get up a petition to have his body moved.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Some of its votaries, on the other hand, are inclined to exalt it unduly.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
The votaries of hydropathy are rarely victims of grave malady.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
Love can build a shelter for his votaries, and has a sun-shine of his own.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
His votaries were not encumbered with an exalted code of morality.Welsh Folk-Lore
- RC Church Eastern Churches a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows
- a devoted adherent of a religion, cause, leader, pursuit, etc
- ardently devoted to the services or worship of God, a deity, or a saint
Word Origin and History for votaries
1540s, "one consecrated by a vow," from Latin votum (see vow). Originally "a monk or nun," general sense of "ardent devotee of some aim or pursuit" is from 1591 (in Shakespeare, originally in reference to love).