vo·​ta·​ry | \ ˈvō-tə-rē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'votary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of votary

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for votary

Latin votum vow

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about votary

Statistics for votary

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for votary

The first known use of votary was in 1546

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for votary



English Language Learners Definition of votary

: a devoted follower of or believer in a religion, a cause, etc.

More from Merriam-Webster on votary

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with votary

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for votary

Comments on votary

What made you want to look up votary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


involving abstract or general statements

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Liar, Liar Quiz

  • alt-5761dbe2ba986
  • Someone who pretends to be sick in order to avoid work is a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!