votary

[ voh-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈvoʊ tə ri /

noun, plural vo·ta·ries.Also vo·ta·rist.

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.

adjective

consecrated by a vow.
of or relating to a vow.

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Origin of votary

1540–50; <Latin vōt(um) a vow + -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for votary

votary
/ (ˈvəʊtərɪ) /

noun plural -ries also: votarist

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

adjective

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

Derived forms of votary

votaress or votress, fem n

Word Origin for votary

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