[ voh-tuh-ree ]
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noun,plural vo·ta·ries.Also vo·ta·rist.
  1. a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun.

  2. an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper of a particular deity or sacred personage.

  1. a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit: a votary of jazz.

  2. a devoted follower or admirer.

  1. consecrated by a vow.

  2. of or relating to a vow.

Origin of votary

1540–50; <Latin vōt(um) a vow + -ary

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/ (ˈvəʊtərɪ) /

nounplural -ries also: votarist
  1. RC Church Eastern Churches a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows

  2. a devoted adherent of a religion, cause, leader, pursuit, etc

  1. ardently devoted to the services or worship of God, a deity, or a saint

Origin of votary

C16: from Latin vōtum a vow, from vovēre to vow

Derived forms of votary

  • votaress or votress, fem n

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