noun, plural vo·ta·ries. Also vo·ta·rist.
- a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun.
- an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper of a particular deity or sacred personage.
- a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit: a votary of jazz.
- a devoted follower or admirer.
- consecrated by a vow.
- of or relating to a vow.
noun plural -ries also: votarist
- RC Church Eastern Churches a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows
- a devoted adherent of a religion, cause, leader, pursuit, etc
- 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).