Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female votary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woman who is a votary.

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  • noun A female votary.

Etymologies

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From votar(y) +‎ -ess.

Examples

  • LITTLE INDIAN/IUDEAN BOY (whose mother is a prayerful virgin or votaress) is the Jewish messiah who was stolen away to create the account of a pro-Roman Jesus in the Gospel stories.

    Shakespeare Controversies

  • The former assured her that the Holy Virgin would frown on every attempt to withdraw a true votaress from the shrine of Saint Ursula; while the

    Quentin Durward

  • And she too well hath kept her vow, that votaress.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Lioness of Scotland, go forth and conquer! and if the prayers of a devoted votaress can avail thee, they will rise in many a land, and from many a distant shrine.

    The Abbot

  •     Cybele's for aye, for all years, in her order a votaress.

    Poems and Fragments

  •     Thither his the votaress eunuchs with an emulous alacrity.

    Poems and Fragments

  •     Cybele's for aye, for all years, in her order a votaress.

    Poems and Fragments

  •     Thither his the votaress eunuchs with an emulous alacrity.

    Poems and Fragments

  • Madness grew in the eyes of the capering votaress and was reflected in the eyes of the watchers.

    People of the Dark

  • A few quick strides took me across the glade; here had the dancers leaped and bounded until the ground should have been trampled bare, and here had the votaress wriggled her painful way to the Stone, streaming blood on the earth.

    People of the Dark

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  • A female votary.

    May 11, 2008