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[voh-tuh-ree] /ˈvoʊ tə ri/
noun, plural votaries. Also, votarist
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
1540-50; < Latin vōt(um) a vow + -ary
3. buff, fan, admirer, devotee. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not lightly must that votary be proved, who fain would free a people.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • Never was a votary endowed with a faith at once so lively and so capricious.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • It pre-supposes in its votary a mind essentially mercantile.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Thus it was that she kept her oaths; thus she repaid her votary.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • “I, as well as you Americans, can be the votary of business,” answered Ram Juna.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • That votary of the muse arrived punctually at twelve o'clock.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The votary of the Muses was dead; and a few minutes after Orpheus, too, fell senseless.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The projector of plots is but a miserable gambler and votary of chances.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • These are all doctors, and it is their business to instruct the votary in the object of his mission.

    La Ronge Journal, 1823 George Nelson
  • "As is the God, so is the votary," is a maxim worth considering.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for votary


noun (pl) -ries
(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
Derived Forms
votaress, votress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vōtum a vow, from vovēre to vow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for votary

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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