- 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 votary
Not lightly must that votary be proved, who fain would free a people.Alroy
Never was a votary endowed with a faith at once so lively and so capricious.Tancred
It pre-supposes in its votary a mind essentially mercantile.The Young Duke
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
- 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 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).