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From Latin votus, past participle of vovere (to vow, to devote).


votary (comparative more votary, superlative most votary)

  1. Consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised.
    • Francis Bacon
      Votary resolution is made equipollent to custom.


votary (plural votaries)

  1. A person, such as a monk or nun, who lives a religious life according to vows they have made
  2. A devotee of a particular religion or cult
  3. A devout or zealous worshipper
  4. Someone who is devoted to a particular pursuit etc; an enthusiast.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13
      Gerty was dressed simply but with the instinctive taste of a votary of Dame Fashion for she felt that there was just a might that he might be out.


  • 1893, Henry James, Collaboration [1]
    He is such a votary of the modern that he was inevitably interested in the girl of the future and had matched one reform with another, being ready to marry without a penny, as the clearest way of expressing his appreciation, this favourable specimen of the type.