ex-voto [eks-voh-toh] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural ex-vo·tos.
- a painting or other object left as an offering in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude, as for recovery from an illness or injury.
Origin of ex-voto First recorded in 1815–25, ex-voto is from the Latin word ex vōtō literally, out of a vow ex voto [eks woh-toh; English eks voh-toh] adjective, adverb Latin.
- from, or in pursuance of, a vow.
Origin of ex voto First recorded in 1815–25 Examples from the Web for ex-voto Historical Examples of ex-voto
The Valenciennes museum has an ex-voto on wood, the history of which is curious.
France and the Republic
William Henry Hurlbert
Every Sunday they burn a quantity of wax candles before them in ex-voto.
The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 3 of 6
Opposite the steps is a defaced bas-relief, probably a Virgin attended by angels—no doubt an ex-voto of the time of the Conquest.
The fainting figures that were painted in the ex-voto of the triptiques seemed ill with love.
Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern
British Dictionary definitions for ex-voto ex voto adverb, adjective
- in accordance with a vow
- an offering made in fulfilment of a vow