[ voh-ter-is ]

nounNow Rare.
  1. a woman who is a votary.

Origin of votaress

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

usage note For votaress

See -ess.

Words Nearby votaress

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How to use votaress in a sentence

  • 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
  • "Surely, daughter," said the abbess, gently as with her own hand she opened the door and led her votaress into the room.

    The Lost Lady of Lone | E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Such talk, both priest and votaress told her, was not meet for dutiful daughter or betrothed maiden.

    The Caged Lion | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Thaisa, thinking Pericles dead, becomes a votaress at Diana's temple.

    William Shakespeare | John Masefield
  • All wait for the votaress, but she is detained by a crowd of friends.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature | Edward Tompkins McLaughlin