noun, plural ex-vo·tos.
  1. a painting or other object left as an offering in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude, as for recovery from an illness or injury.

Origin of ex-voto

First recorded in 1815–25, ex-voto is from the Latin word ex vōtō literally, out of a vow

ex voto

[eks woh-toh; English eks voh-toh]
adjective, adverb Latin.
  1. from, or in pursuance of, a vow.

Origin of ex voto

First recorded in 1815–25
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ex voto

adverb, adjective
  1. in accordance with a vow
  1. an offering made in fulfilment of a vow
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