vo·​ta·​ry ˈvō-tə-rē How to pronounce votary (audio)
plural votaries
: a devoted admirer
: a devout or zealous worshipper
: a staunch believer or advocate
archaic : a sworn adherent

Examples of votary in a Sentence

a votary of the religious leader
Recent Examples on the Web But the fate of the votary is to require and receive a constant renewal of faith. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 Many remember the Cultural Revolution as a time of Red Guard excess—of the people terrorizing the votaries of the party. Mary Gallagher, Foreign Affairs, 20 June 2023 The Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has long been a loud votary of progress. Samuel Moyn, The New Republic, 19 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Latin votum vow

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of votary was in 1543

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“Votary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/votary. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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vo·​ta·​ry ˈvōt-ə-rē How to pronounce votary (audio)
plural votaries
: a devoted follower
especially : a devout or eager worshipper
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