noun Now Rare.

a woman who is a votary.

Origin of votaress

First recorded in 1580–90; votar(y) + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for votaress

Historical Examples of votaress

  • 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