noun, plural vo·ta·ries. Also vo·ta·rist.

  1. a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun.
  2. an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper of a particular deity or sacred personage.
  3. a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit: a votary of jazz.
  4. a devoted follower or admirer.


  1. consecrated by a vow.
  2. of or relating to a vow.

noun plural -ries also: votarist

  1. RC Church Eastern Churches a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows
  2. a devoted adherent of a religion, cause, leader, pursuit, etc


  1. ardently devoted to the services or worship of God, a deity, or a saint

1540s, “one consecrated by a vow,” from Latin votum (see vow). Originally “a monk or nun,” general sense of “ardent devotee of some aim or pursuit” is from 1591 (in Shakespeare, originally in reference to love).

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