vo·​ta·​ry | \ ˈvō-tə-rē How to pronounce votary (audio) \
plural votaries

Definition of votary

1a : devotee
b : a devoted admirer
2a : a devout or zealous worshipper
b : a staunch believer or advocate
3 archaic : a sworn adherent

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Examples of votary in a Sentence

a votary of the religious leader
Recent Examples on the Web The Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has long been a loud votary of progress. Samuel Moyn, The New Republic, "Hype for the Best," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of votary

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for votary

Latin votum vow

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“Votary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/votary. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of votary

formal + old-fashioned : a devoted follower of or believer in a religion, a cause, etc.

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