Etymology
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votary (n.)

1540s, "one consecrated by a vow," from Latin votum "a promise to a god; that which is promised" (see vow (n.)) + -ary. 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). Related: Votaress.

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Definitions of votary

votary (n.)
one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service;
votary (n.)
a priest or priestess (or consecrated worshipper) in a non-Christian religion or cult;
a votary of Aphrodite
votary (n.)
a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause or person or activity;
the cultured votary of science
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